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European Union Bill

Part of Safe Standing (Football Stadia) – in the House of Commons at 6:42 pm on 7th December 2010.

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Photo of Bernard Jenkin Bernard Jenkin Chair, Public Administration Committee 6:42 pm, 7th December 2010

Is not the real question, which those on the Government Front Bench must answer, why they will not put a declaratory clause, notwithstanding the European Communities Act, into the Bill. Are they saying that that itself would put us in breach of the European treaties? I submit that it would not. Should not they accept that by putting a "notwithstanding" clause into clause 18, they would, notwithstanding the European Communities Act, be reaffirming the supremacy of the House, something that is long overdue?