EU Reflections Group

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs – in the House of Commons at 2:16 pm on 7th June 1995.

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Photo of Hon. Douglas Hurd Hon. Douglas Hurd , Witney 2:16 pm, 7th June 1995

Despite the blandishments of the Leader of the Opposition when he spoke in Bonn recently, I have the rather strong impression that that is not the Federal Chancellor's view. However, the British people will make the decision. We are entirely relaxed about the timing of the IGC. As the Prime Minister said in the speech that I have already mentioned, the Maastricht treaty has been in force for little more than 18 months, and it is rather soon to reconsider it all. The treaty says that the review should start in 1996, so that will have to happen, but it does not lay down when the review should end.