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EU: Integration

House of Lords written question – answered on 19th January 2011.

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Photo of Lord Stoddart of Swindon Lord Stoddart of Swindon Independent Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by Mr Herman Van Rompuy's Chief of Cabinet, in an interview with the Belgian newspaper De Morgen, that "every crisis leads to more European integration".

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

Mr Van Rompuy's Chief of Cabinet was expressing a personal opinion, not the view of the European Council. This Government have made clear that there will be no further treaty change which transfers power from London to Brussels during the lifetime of this Parliament. My right honourable friend the Prime Minister has also stressed that we are not in the eurozone or going to join the eurozone during the lifetime of this Parliament. It is however in our interests not to stand in the way of major reform of the eurozone. The EU Bill, which we are currently taking through Parliament, will guarantee that any such future transfer of power or competence from the UK to the EU would require a referendum.

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