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EU: Treaty

Volume 691: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they intend at the next European Union summit in June to agree to an amended European Union treaty containing provisions for the creation of a full-time president of the Council, a foreign minister, a legal personality and the relinquishment of further vetoes; and, if so, whether their pledge to hold a referendum before significant changes are made to the existing treaties will be honoured. [HL3511]

There is at present no consensus among EU partners on the way forward regarding the constitutional treaty or any new treaty. These issues will be discussed at the European Council in June. It is too early to speculate on the outcome of these discussions. The Government’s approach to these discussions was set out in the Written Ministerial Statement in another place of my right honourable friend the Minister for Europe, Geoff Hoon, of 5 December 2006 (cols. 10-11WS).