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Put to him that the Foreign Secretary’s comments this morning about the European Constitution being as far as we went contradicted the Prime Minister’s stance that he didn’t have time for people who weren’t willing to move forward with Europe, the PMOS said that the two were perfectly compatible although some may not wish to acknowledge that. What the constitution clearly established was a Europe of nation-states cooperating together as nation states. Sharing Sovereignty on issues when it was of interest to do so but operating as a union of nation-states. That was clearly enshrined in the Constitution. That was also the reality of a Union of 25, in which many of the existing members and the majority of new members shared the same view of Europe as we did. That was the reality of the Europe we were dealing with. The overall principles were clearly set out in the Constitution. Asked if he could give any assurance that this Bill would be proceeded with in coming weeks, the PMOS said that was a matter for those who dealt with the timetable for Parliament.

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