European Communities (Amendment) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 7:15 pm on 20th November 2001.

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Photo of Lord Pearson of Rannoch Lord Pearson of Rannoch Conservative 7:15 pm, 20th November 2001

Perhaps I may try to answer some of that from my noble friend. Like the noble Lord, Lord Stoddart of Swindon, and my noble friend Lord Willoughby de Broke—whose amendment I support—I fear that enlargement may be a serious mistake for the continent of Europe. I do not understand why the Conservative Party still thinks that enlargement is a good idea. I say to my noble friend Lord Tugendhat, if I could have his attention for a moment—