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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:34 am on 16th January 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley The Leader of the House of Commons 10:34 am, 16th January 2014

As I said when I announced the future business, we expect the remaining stages of the European Union (Approvals) Bill to be debated on Monday week. I think that that will give Members an opportunity to continue to debate specific issues relating to the Europe for Citizens programme which, in my view, illustrates the capacity for positive co-operation across Europe that extends beyond the achievement of a common market.

I fear that I must inform my hon. Friend that while I said that I had voted for a common market and that I wanted one, I did not say that I had voted for a common market and nothing else. However, I think that there is as yet unfinished work to be done in the establishment of a single market, and that one of the best things that we can achieve in Europe is to become the strongest and most influential advocates of a competitive single market. I thought that the speech made by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor earlier this week amply illustrated the benefits of that competitiveness to Europe, the necessity of achieving it, and the dangers of not doing so.

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George Morley
Posted on 17 Jan 2014 3:27 pm (Report this annotation)

Andrew Lansley, you said that "I said that I had voted for a common market and that I wanted one, I did not say that I had voted for a common market and nothing else."
But I and everyone else that I have spoken to who voted then, were voting for a Common Market , pure and simple and never ever considered being ruled by many unelected faceless people that we have never heard of and seriously do not wish to know from their wasteful usage of the money that is thrown into their pockets, much for personal gain it seems and especially discarded politicians from the UK.