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European Constitution

Asked for a reaction to today’s Telegraph report suggesting that our red lines on the European Constitution had been crossed, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS) said that as he had told journalists yesterday, we were in a real negotiation. He drew their attention to the White Paper published last September which stated, “We will insist that unanimity remains for….key areas of criminal procedural law” (paragraph 66). Habeas corpus, trial by jury and the like were key areas of the criminal justice system and would not be changed. That was our bottom line. The particular route which the Constitution ultimately went down was a matter for negotiation.

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