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Reform Treaty

Asked why the Prime Minister thought it was not necessary to go and sign the Reform Treaty in person, the PMS replied that we had made no such decision; as he had said endlessly at numerous lobby briefings, it was the Prime Minister’s hope to be able to go but we had logistical issues around the timing of the Liaison Committee. There were lots of precedents for people other than the Prime Minister signing European treaties; one should be under no doubt at all that whoever signed the treaty was fully supported by the Prime Minister. He negotiated it, it would be signed on behalf of the Government, of which he was the head and he took full responsibility for it. It would be unwise at this point to conclude that he was not going to be able to go there to sign it.

Asked repeatedly about the timing of the signing of the Treaty and whether or not it could be signed earlier in the day, the PMS said that if people really wanted to go over these issues again he would be more than happy to, but he felt as though all lines of potential questioning had been exhausted. The committee had already kindly agreed to move the timing of their hearing by bringing it forward an hour; we were in continuous discussion with the Portuguese presidency re arrangements. This would be resolved in an appropriate way ahead of the summit next week.

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