Conservative amazement as pro-constitution countries convene in Madrid to flick fluff from their navels

Brussels, 23 January 2007 — The 18 EU states which meet in Madrid this Friday to support the constitutional treaty are behaving in an “unhelpful, divisive and embarrassing way to Germany,” says Sir Robert Atkins MEP, Deputy Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament, urging them to concentrate on climate change, deregulation and poverty, the key issues on which Europe can work usefully together.

Sir Robert Atkins MEP, Deputy Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament, said:

“This crazily timed gathering gives false hope to the countries that want a constitution and unnecessary fear to those, like the UK, that don’t.

“The meeting is unhelpful, divisive and embarrassing to Germany which did not want it.

“This is exactly what David Cameron meant when he said the EU should stop flicking fluff from its navel and get down to tacking the real issues that face Europe and the world in particular high unemployment and climate change.”

Although Friday’s restricted meeting looks like a ganging up of pro-constitution states the 18 participants “will not take an official position” which begs the question: is the meeting just an expensive waste of time and money?

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