That a Tory government would pull Britain out of the 'Social Chapter'?
As I have previously written, the Social Chapter does not exist as some sort of separate treaty which one can just withdraw from. So, as I and many others have said, for David Cameron and his band of spanners to claim that they will just pull Britain out of it is wrong. As my evidence, I call the President of the European Commission to answer the question:
24 January 2007
WRITTEN QUESTION by Nigel Farage (IND/DEM) to the Commission
Subject: Social Chapter opt-out
Could the Commission comment on the feasibility of a Member State withdrawing from the social chapter under the current Treaties?
Would this action involve either the withdrawal of the Member State concerned from the European Union or a renegotiation of the Treaties which would require the unanimous approval of all Member States?
which he has done...
Answer given by Mr Barroso
on behalf of the Commission
The Commission assumes that when the Honourable Member refers to the Social Chapter in the Treaties, he is referring to the social provisions contained in the articles 136 to 145 of the EC Treaty. These provisions are part of the whole Treaty and cannot be isolated. All Member States are bound by the Treaties they have signed and ratified and which have entered into force, including the social provisions they contain. Consequently, a withdrawal from these provisions by a Member State would require an amendment of the EC Treaty in accordance with Article 48 of the Treaty on European Union.
See that, Davy boy?
Despite your claims that you will withdraw Britain from the Social Chapter, YOU CAN'T!
now, are you going to apologies for your porkies?