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QMV and co-decision are the problem

Yesterday, in the debate on the last week European Council, I stressed that there are currently as many as 30 European directives in the pipeline which will deeply affect our financial regulation and economic governance, nearly all of which are by qualified majority voting and co-decision. There is also the issue of European social and employment legislation. I asked, therefore, how will the Prime Minister and the Chancellor tomorrow-regain and retain control over those economic issues?

The Prime Minister: "My hon. Friend makes a very good and reasonable point. There are threats to our competitive position coming from the European Commission and, more particularly, from the co-decision procedure and the great strength that had been given to the European Parliament under the Lisbon treaty. It makes our work harder, I have to be frank. In relation to the de Larosière package on financial regulation, a reasonable compromise was reached, but the European Parliament has unpicked that and made it much more burdensome from the British point of view. Now, there is no alternative to having to fight back to the compromise that we left. It is not a satisfactory situation. One thing on which my hon. Friend and I agree is that the Lisbon treaty was not a step forward."

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Sorry to be pedantic, but isn't co-decision now called ordinary legislative procedure as amended by the Lisbon Treaty?

Yes, co-decision is now the ordinary legislative procedure. But the process itself has not been changed. Unfortunately, it has been extended to several new areas.

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Bill Cash has been the Conservative Member of Parliament for Stone since 1997 and an MP since 1984.

He is currently the Chair of the European Scrutiny Committee and the founder member of the European Foundation...

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