European Union: Budget

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:55 pm on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of Lord Lea of Crondall Lord Lea of Crondall Labour 2:55 pm, 14th June 2005

My Lords, if this is a negotiation, one cannot expect either side—I am thinking particularly of Britain and France—to make unilateral concessions. In any negotiation, any trade union official would say that either it can be conducted in decibels or with a view to reaching some sort of outcome. Is it not right to see Mr Mandelson's contribution in that light?