CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

FOREIGN AFFAIRS – GERMANY'S RELATIONS WITH THE EUROPEAN UNION – 18 November 2014

Dr Julian Lewis: Am I right in thinking that my hon. Friend [Sir William Cash] has referred to the fact that Germany – the country on which this debate is focused – has a sort of parliamentary supremacy as a safeguard in its legislation, and that that is what he has tried to introduce for the United Kingdom? Can he tell us how well it works for Germany?

[Sir William Cash: The short answer is that in the German constitution, in the preamble to the Basic Law of 1949, an assumption is built in for a united states of Europe. Unfortunately, therefore, a change in the German constitution would be required to enable the Karlsruhe court to override the provisions of the Basic Law. Therefore, Germany faces a real constitutional question that we do not, because we do not have a written constitution and we have the inherent right, within our own Parliament, to make the kind of adjustments that we want in this area.]

[For Julian's speech in this debate click here.]