Gordon Brown’s red lines today exposed as bogus, say Conservatives

Brussels, 27th November 2007 — The controversial EU Reform Treaty has come under renewed attack from senior MPs concerned that Gordon Brown is set to sign away crucial powers to Brussels.

The cross-party European Scrutiny Committee today warned that the sovereignty of the British Parliament is being put at risk by the document’s “ambiguous” wording.

Sir Robert Atkins MEP, Conservative Deputy Leader in the European Parliament, reaffirmed the consequences of failing to secure an opt-out from the new Charter of Fundamental Rights, saying that a UK Protocol would not excuse Britain from the need to comply with rulings by the European Court of Justice.

Sir Robert said:

“The document the Prime Minister will sign on our behalf in two weeks is confirmed by his own MPs as the old, rejected European Constitution. We know and the British people know. European leaders have said so. Our deal on the Charter of Fundamental Rights is today exposed as having more holes in it than a Swiss cheese.

“The national interest can only truly be served if Gordon Brown delivers on the referendum he promised the British people.”

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