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European Constitution

Volume 404: debated on Wednesday 30 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications of the draft European Constitution's proposals on the area of freedom, justice and security for Britain's Schengen opt-out; and if he will make a statement. [109553]

The Future of Europe Convention's proposals on justice and home affairs do not have any implications for the Protocols attached to the current Treaties. Article E of Part Three (General and Final Provisions) of the draft Constitution provides that the protocols shall remain an integral part of the new Treaty. The question of reconsidering these protocols has not been raised in the Convention. The Government position on the protocols relating to our frontier controls has not changed. We will maintain controls at the UK's frontiers.