EU: Constitution

House of Lords written question – answered on 19 June 2007.

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Photo of Lord Willoughby de Broke Lord Willoughby de Broke UKIP

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Triesman on 24 May (WA 126), whether minutes were taken of the meeting to discuss the European Union constitution at Sintra on 13 May; and, if so, whether these minutes are available for public scrutiny.

Photo of Lord Triesman Lord Triesman Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The UK did not attend the meeting in Sintra on13 May, which was an informal meeting of current and incoming presidencies hosted by Commission President Barroso. We are not aware of any record of this meeting.

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David Wright
Posted on 20 Jun 2007 1:36 pm (Report this annotation)

Naturally, the public and its Parliamentary representatives would not be involved in arrangements concerning such a trivial matter as our national sovereignty. If we were consulted, we might once again give the 'wrong' answer or make the 'wrong' decision.

Why should this government depart from its established procedures at this time?

Penelope Giles
Posted on 20 Jun 2007 2:07 pm (Report this annotation)

The public should stage a protest and call for a no confidence vote in this Government.

Then we bring back hanging for treason, and hang the bloody lot who have lied, cheated and prospered from it!