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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 Gerald Howarth Gerald Howarth Shadow Minister (Defence) 9:45 pm, 5th February 2008

Is that not why this House and the British people should approach this treaty with the greatest scepticism? They will recall the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1986, which I voted against. Our right hon. and noble Friend Baroness Thatcher was assured that employment and the social contract would be outside the ECJ's remit, but the ECJ took that area into its own power. Therefore, we should resist any Government attempt to hoodwink the British people into thinking that we should accept these assurances.