Results 181–200 of 1375 for speaker:Mr Tristan Garel-Jones

Clause 1: Treaty on European Union (30 Mar 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: Will my hon. Friend confirm what has been said by many other hon. Members —that a common position can be arrived at only by unanimity?

Clause 1: Treaty on European Union (30 Mar 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: Can my hon. Friend tell the Committee to which particular new protocols placed on the treaty as a result of the Edinburgh Council he objects?

Clause 1: Treaty on European Union (30 Mar 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: rose —

Clause 1: Treaty on European Union (30 Mar 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: Before I answer that question, perhaps my hon. Friend misread his speech—

Clause 1: Treaty on European Union (30 Mar 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: I want to be certain that I heard my hon. Friend correctly. Perhaps other hon. Members will dissent, but I thought that I heard him talk about new protocols which had been added to the treaty at Edinburgh. Will he tell me—

Clause 1: Treaty on European Union (30 Mar 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: Perhaps my hon. Friend will be kind enough to read that passage again. Other hon. Members seem to agree with me that he referred to new protocols which had been added to the treaty. Perhaps he can tell the Committee which protocols they are.

Clause 1: Treaty on European Union (30 Mar 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: I have not seen anyone in the Committee dissent from the proposition that a few minutes ago my hon. Friend read out a passage from his speech which referred to new protocols in the treaty as a result of the Edinburgh Council. To which particular protocols is he referring? It is difficult for me to answer his question when I am not aware of which protocols he is talking about.

Clause 1: Treaty on European Union (30 Mar 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: Indeed I am saying that. Building on the Maastricht acquis, as we interpret it, means consolidating the pillared structure of the union and ensuring that article 3b is rigorously applied right across every section of Community activity. That is what I regard as consolidating the existing treaty.

Clause 1: Treaty on European Union (30 Mar 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: The hon. Member—this is a matter for the Chair—is now discussing a part of the Bill that is not the subject of the amendment that we are talking about. I believe, Mr. Morris, that we are talking about the amendment. He is now referring to stage 3 of economic and monetary union, and he is well aware that the British Government have an opt-out to that part of the treaty.

Clause 1: Treaty on European Union (30 Mar 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: Yes.

Clause 1: Treaty on European Union (30 Mar 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: I thank the hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn and Lochaber (Sir R. Johnston) for indicating to the Committee that in a sense this is a probing amendment that he does not intend to press to a Division. The amendment seeks to include the provisions of title VII of the treaty—that is, the final provisions—within clause 1(1) of the Bill. As the hon. Gentleman told the Committee, it is similar...

Clause 1: Treaty on European Union (30 Mar 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: If I can just finish this, of course, I will give way to my hon. Friend. Article M describes how the union treaty affects the Community treaties. It is also included in the scope of the Bill. So are articles N on treaty amendment and O on accession, and I will just respond to the specific point that the hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn and Lochaber made. Article O makes it explicit that new...

Clause 1: Treaty on European Union (30 Mar 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: I shall give way to my hon. Friend the Member for Holland with Boston (Sir R. Body) in a moment and then I shall give way to the hon. Gentleman. As titles V and VI can also be amended and would also be acceded to, it was appropriate to include them, using the "so far as they relate" formula rather than in an unqualified way. Similar considerations apply to articles P, Q, R and S, which all...

Clause 1: Treaty on European Union (30 Mar 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: I do not think so. My hon. Friend raises an important point, and I shall try to respond to it. Article L specifically excludes from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice all areas of the treaty except, first, those covered by the treaty of Rome. the ECSC and the Euratom treaty as amended here, and secondly, by article K.3(2)(c) on interior justice, which allows member states to...

Clause 1: Treaty on European Union (30 Mar 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: Most hon. Members will know that the broad and quick answer to the question is that any applicant state must be prepared to accept in full what is known as the acquis communautaire. It is also accepted that any applicant member state should be what the other member states, including ourselves, would regard as a properly functioning democracy. Thereafter, the details would be a matter of...

Clause 1: Treaty on European Union (30 Mar 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: I want to make a little more progress, and then I shall give way to my hon. Friend. When the hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn and Lochaber proposed a similar amendment earlier in the Committee stage, I said that I found its purpose difficult to discern. Those parts of the provisions of title VII which need to be incorporated into our domestic law will be so incorporated by the passage of the...

Clause 1: Treaty on European Union (30 Mar 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: I will give way when I have finished this passage. The official Opposition believe in a more intergovernmental structure, rather than the single structure that the hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn and Lochaber is seeking to advance. I will give way to my hon. Friend the Member for Wolverhampton South-West.

Clause 1: Treaty on European Union (30 Mar 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: I do not want to engage in a debate on hypocrisy with my hon. Friend. Suffice it to say that the four members of the European Free Trade Area have judged that they wish to accede to the Community on the basis of the Maastricht acquisition. All the countries in eastern Europe wish eventually to join the European Community, and if and when they make an application, the conditions that apply...

Clause 1: Treaty on European Union (30 Mar 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: The hon. Gentleman will tell the Committee the Opposition's view of the amendment if or when he has an opportunity to speak. I stand by the position that the new structure of the union represents a holding back—I would not put it higher than that; I do not think I have done so at any stage—of the centripetal forces that have driven the Community over the past 25 or 30 years. I think that...

Clause 1: Treaty on European Union (30 Mar 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: I can answer the hon. Gentleman's question specifically. Five areas are specified for review in 1996: energy, civil protection and tourism, the legislative powers of the European Parliament, the CFSP and defence.


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