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Clause 2 — Addition to list of treaties

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 6:30 pm on 30th January 2008.

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Photo of Richard Shepherd Richard Shepherd Conservative, Aldridge-Brownhills 6:30 pm, 30th January 2008

The words are used so loosely and beyond our understanding, as was so eloquently explained by Chris Huhne yesterday. Language—the "spirit of solidarity", for instance—is important; all such phrases have a single legal meaning and understanding in the European Court of Justice. When we talk about solidarity or working in a spirit of co-operation, we see them as a looser arrangement. What we are discussing is a legal imposition beyond the call of our people—that is all.