Treaty on European Union

Part of Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill – in the House of Commons at 7:30 pm on 4th March 1993.

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Photo of Geoff Hoon Geoff Hoon , Ashfield 7:30 pm, 4th March 1993

The treaty as originally drafted provided for qualified majority voting. The unanimity rule to which my right hon. Friend refers was developed in a form known as the Luxembourg compromise by member states; it was a practice, not a rule in the way that he implies.