EU Co-operation

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th December 2000.

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Photo of Mr John Wilkinson Mr John Wilkinson Conservative, Ruislip - Northwood 12:00 am, 12th December 2000

What recent discussions he has held with his French, German and Italian counterparts about reinforced co-operation between member states of the EU. [141977]

Photo of Mr John Wilkinson Mr John Wilkinson Conservative, Ruislip - Northwood

In his statement yesterday, the Prime Minister took pride in the fact that there are issues on which some EU member states can move ahead faster than others. At the same time, however, that process will be subject to the national veto. How are those positions compatible, particularly since any grouping of member states comprising more than 38 per cent. of the population of the EU can, in effect, go ahead and do what it wants?