Date of Proceeding: 21.01.2008
Reference: 470 c1240
Member: Lilley, Peter
Title: European Union (Amendment) Bill
Description: Will the Foreign Secretary now cut to the chase and spell out the specific transfers of power in the original constitution that, in the Government’s opinion, justified a referendum, but which are not in this treaty-thus, in the Government’s view, nullifying their promise to hold a referendum? Will he spell out those specific powers?
David Miliband: The right hon. Gentleman will get details of specific powers and of how this is a different treaty in structure, in content and in consequence. It has more similarity to the Maastricht treaty and other treaties.