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European Union Bill

Part of Safe Standing (Football Stadia) – in the House of Commons at 7:02 pm on 7th December 2010.

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Photo of Stephen Dorrell Stephen Dorrell Chair, Health and Social Care Committee 7:02 pm, 7th December 2010

I do not always agree with my hon. Friend Mr Cash, but when he describes this as a mouse of a Bill he is rather closer to the truth than the rhetoric of Mike Gapes, who slightly overstates the dangers that are attached to it.

I speak in support of the Bill. Like my hon. Friend Tim Farron, I am a pro-European, although, when I listen to the enthusiasts make the case for our membership of the European Union, I quite often conclude that the case is made in rather more apocalyptic terms than those that I would choose. We heard a good example of that from Chris Bryant, who seemed to claim credit for the European Union in the collapse of the Soviet bloc and in the outbreak of democracy in Spain, Portugal and Greece. No doubt he would attribute to it the green revolution in Ukraine-