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Clause 2 — Addition to list of treaties

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 9:45 pm on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Patricia Hewitt Patricia Hewitt Labour, Leicester West 9:45 pm, 5th February 2008

I am following the right hon. Gentleman's points with great care, but I am puzzled that he seems to ignore the fact that, ever since this country joined what was then the Common Market all those years ago, there has been primacy of European Union law as decided by the collective institutions of the EU and as interpreted by the European Court. The point he is making is simply an argument for the United Kingdom to withdraw from the EU. That is a perfectly respectable point of view, although I profoundly disagree with it. Is that what he is asking this House to decide, and is that the official policy of the Opposition?