Treaty on European Union

Part of Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill – in the House of Commons at 6:45 pm on 4th March 1993.

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Photo of Mr Tony Marlow Mr Tony Marlow , Northampton North 6:45 pm, 4th March 1993

My hon. Friend correctly says that my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister said at the party conference that we would enter a federal Europe over his dead body. Is it possible that my right hon. Friend's speech writer was misinformed when he wrote the speech? I understand that the Prime Minister also said at the party conference: Immigration? Immigration policy is specifically excluded under the Maastricht Treaty. Title VI says that immigration policy can be a European policy on the initiative of any Member State or of the Commission". The treaty says under article K that the Commission should be associated with immigration policy. So my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister was misled at least once or twice by the speech writer who wrote his speech for the party conference.