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EU: Reform Treaty

Volume 699: debated on Wednesday 27 February 2008

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

Whether British citizens speaking against the European Union could be charged with xenophobia following the granting of legal personality to the European Union by the reform treaty. [HL1523]

The conferral of legal personality on the EU by the Lisbon treaty will in no way diminish the freedom to criticise the EU. British citizens speaking against the EU cannot therefore be charged with xenophobia.