European Communities (Amendment) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 6:45 pm on 20th November 2001.

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Photo of Lord Lea of Crondall Lord Lea of Crondall Labour 6:45 pm, 20th November 2001

I am grateful to the noble Lord for giving way. Is he seriously suggesting that all the problems he has adumbrated—the 10,000 pages or so of the acquis communautaire, the challenges of economic adjustment, abolition or reformation of the CAP, and questions about the budget—could have been dealt with far more quickly had we not put in place a treaty along these lines? That appears to be the burden of the noble Lord's argument.