European Council

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:08 pm on 24th March 2005.

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Photo of Kelvin Hopkins Kelvin Hopkins Labour, Luton North 1:08 pm, 24th March 2005

Does my right hon. Friend accept that there is deep and growing alarm at the march of neo-liberalism in the European Union? Working people and trade unionists are beginning to wake up to the threat to the welfare state and the worker protection they have enjoyed in the post-war world. That is the underlying cause of the Swedish no in their referendum on the euro, and the probable no vote in France on the constitutional treaty. What happens when the constitutional treaty is rejected? Will we have a fundamental rethink about the economic direction of Europe?