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EU Summit

Asked if the Prime Minister would be signing up to a document that might contain elements of the constitution at the forthcoming EU Summit, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS) replied that this was somewhat surprising, as we had said in Berlin when we had stood beside Chancellor Merkel that the March Summit was not where this would be discussed. It was an economic summit in line with the practice that EU spring summits were economic ones, and it would focus on energy in particular.

The PMOS said that what was clear was that the first hurdle, as we had said all along, was that any new proposal would have to clear was French and Dutch public opinion. Given that there was an election coming up in France soon, that determined its own timing. What we were all waiting to hear was where Germany wanted to go on this. Any suggestions that were going to be serious discussions on this at the moment were premature.

Asked to clarify that not only would the leaders not sign up to such a thing, but also, they did not wish to talk about it either, the PMOS said that Chancellor Merkel had said that this was not the time for these discussions. The March summit would be about other matters, not the constitution.

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