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EU: Foreign Affairs

Volume 715: debated on Tuesday 1 December 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead on 9 November (WA 112), whether they will ensure that, following the implementation of the Lisbon treaty and the establishment of the European External Action Service, there will be no diminution or dilution of the United Kingdom Diplomatic Service, and that it maintains its independence of action to promote the interests of the United Kingdom. [HL90]

The Lisbon treaty clearly states that the treaty's provisions covering common foreign and security policy “will not affect existing legal basis, responsibilities, and powers of each member state in relation to the formulation and conduct of its foreign policy, its national diplomatic service, relations with third countries and participation in international organisations, including the member state's membership of the Security Council of the UN”.