Mr Redwood’s contribution to Foreign and Commonwealth Office Questions, 19 June

Mr John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): Will the Government seek a new and less intrusive arrangement with the European Union as many member states press on to a political union and centralised government that we could not conceivably join?

The Minister for Europe (Mr David Lidington): We want to see the eurozone restore economic stability. That is in the interests of the United Kingdom as much as any other European country. The Prime Minister is demonstrating, through his leadership on the agenda to do with growth, deregulation and trade, that the UK continues to shape the direction of the European Union in a way that serves the prosperity and security of the people of this nation.

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  1. Alan Wheatley
    Posted June 21, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    The Minister’s reply indicates that this government has no intention of differentiating the UK’s relationship from the “centralised government that we could not conceivably join”.

  2. Stephen Almond
    Posted June 21, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    So, the short answer was “No”?

  3. David Langley
    Posted June 23, 2012 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    MR Lidington is another high placed official that also does not understand the purpose of the EU and the monster it is spawning. Perhaps he does and is just brown nosing. I am not sure which is worse.
    The UK is hard put to shape its own destiny and our EU membership as at present hardly helps to my mind. This “big seat at the table” mentality is outdated and puerile.

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