CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

EUROPE – COMMON DEFENCE POLICY – 25 May 1999

Dr Julian Lewis: I applaud the robust way in which my right hon. Friend [Stephen Dorrell] is standing up for the role of NATO, but does he agree that a problem that our party faced in government is faced by the new Government? No sooner are people appointed President of the Commission than they proceed to outline a very different perspective on the defence of Europe – Mr Santer did so originally and Mr Prodi is doing so now – and announce straight away that they would like a common defence organisation, in which case this country could be outvoted in respect of its ability to defend itself by the other members of the European Union.