Meaning of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties"

Part of Orders of the Day — Clause 1 – in the House of Commons at 7:45 pm on 27th November 1997.

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Photo of Mr Roger Casale Mr Roger Casale Labour, Wimbledon 7:45 pm, 27th November 1997

I share the hon. Gentleman's concern for employment and for a European Union that offers clear benefits to the British people. However, many of the amendments, which I assume he is supporting, would prevent Britain from ratifying the Amsterdam treaty. Is he not aware that failure to ratify the treaty, which would then disconnect Britain from Europe, would create a level of unemployment of which even he, in his current line of argument, has not dreamed?