Friday, 16 November 2007

The Government’s Red Lines: dishonest, irritating and useless

In the November/December issue of The European Journal, the Director of Global Vision, Ruth Lea, argues that the Prime Minister’s Red Lines are not only a dishonest diversion from the real integrationist thrust of the Lisbon Treaty, and a major irritation to our EU partners, they are likely to be as leaky as sieves. Ruth Lea discusses the impact of the European Scrutiny Committee report, the friction between Barroso and Brown and the comments of Giscard d’Estaing.

Quote from Ruth Lea's article:

"Earlier this year, Giscard d’Estaing, grand architect of the Constitution, openly discussed the notion of a ‘special status’ for Great Britain. . . . Giscard believes passionately that integration is necessary for the Continent of Europe but understands that the British people are unlikely to be happy with this prospect. He is on record as saying that, if Britain does not want to continue with the ‘process of integration’, then a ‘special status’ must be offered to Britain which ‘they must be able to accept.’ "

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