Wednesday, January 08, 2003
Tories keep Eurocon simmering- 7th January 2003, 21.12

The project for a new European constitution is "full of dangers which should be recognised and not brushed aside," said Conservative foreign affairs spokesman Lord Howell of Guildford. It was a deadly assault on the diversity, vitality and independence which gave Europe its strength and feeling of common cause.

Government spokesman Baroness Scotland of Asthal said the European Union had a poor reputation in some quarters for being slow to react and not being sufficiently open, transparent, effective or efficient.

But she added: "... it is best reformed from within, from a position of strength and that is why it is vital that Britain is a committed member of the union, actively engaged in the debate on the union's future."


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