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EU Constitution

Prime Minister written question – answered on 4th May 2004.

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Photo of Austin Mitchell Austin Mitchell Labour, Great Grimsby

To ask the Prime Minister if he will list those policy areas where the Government have agreed that qualified majority voting should replace unanimity under the proposed EU Constitution.

Photo of Tony Blair Tony Blair Prime Minister

The Constitutional Treaty has not been agreed, but our approach to the extension of QMV will, as always, be to agree where it is in Britain's interests, but not to do so in areas where our national interests dictate otherwise. We welcome the use of QMV as the general rule for legislative proposals.

Those areas for which we will insist that unanimity remains are set out in the White Paper—The British Approach to the European Union Intergovernmental Conference 2003.

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