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Qualified Majority Voting

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 24 September 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the policy areas in which he is opposed to an extension of qualified majority voting in principle. [16914]

We are committed to retaining the national veto over key matters of national interest, such as taxation, defence and security, immigration, decisions over the budget and Treaty changes. These issues were settled for the foreseeable future at the Amsterdam European Council.