» Wednesday, May 16, 2007


Asked if there was any reaction to the FT splash on Europe today, the PMOS replied that the piece cited German sources and he would not second guess what Germany was proposing or suggesting. The main point was that we already had opt-out on many home affairs matters, and he would not get in to speculation of what might or might not be proposed. But we would always retain the right to protect this country’s interests as we saw fit.

Asked to outline the Prime Minister’s view on this, the PMOS replied that as the Prime Minister had said quite openly in his press conferences with the Dutch Prime Minister, and with Chancellor Merkel, we needed a treaty that did not have the constitutional characteristics of the original. We needed to move forward in a pragmatic way to address the real concerns of the people of Europe – energy, practical cooperation to finalise the internal market, to address the issues on which Europe can cooperate, and to cooperate effectively.

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