European Union (Amendment) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 7:45 pm on 19th May 2008.

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Photo of Lord Pearson of Rannoch Lord Pearson of Rannoch UKIP 7:45 pm, 19th May 2008

My noble friend Lord Willoughby de Broke, the noble Lord, Lord Stoddart of Swindon, and I have a Question about whether the schedule should stand part of the Bill grouped with this amendment. We tabled this to draw your Lordships' attention to how the stealthy but steady advance of the project of European integration has been reflected in its name over the years.

First it was called the European Common Market, which is what the people of this country thought that they were voting for in 1975. Then it became the European Economic Community; not much change there, you might think. Then it became the European Community; again, not a big difference, unless you were on the ball and not asleep at the switch. Finally, of course, it became the European Union, which is—