European Security and Defence Policy

Part of Orders of the Day — Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords] (Programme) – in the House of Commons at 11:40 pm on 19th March 2001.

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Photo of Quentin Davies Quentin Davies Conservative, Grantham and Stamford 11:40 pm, 19th March 2001

I withdraw that remark, Madam Deputy Speaker. Would it be possible to say prevarication or circumvention? Would they be acceptable parliamentary terms? They describe the nature of the leadership that we have had on this question. That is why the document does not stand up, why we have promises about operational planning that do not make sense and why we have promises about NATO command that are contradicted in the text of the document. That is why there is a crisis of confidence between the United States, the new Labour Government and the European allies

If the Government continue in office for more than a few moments more, if they continue to believe that they can speak with two voices, say one thing in Europe and another in Washington and conceal from the House of Commons and the British public the truth of what is going on, they will have another think rapidly coming.