§ 17. Mr. John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood)
What recent discussions he has held with his French, German and Italian counterparts about reinforced co-operation between member states of the EU. 
§ Mr. Wilkinson
In his statement yesterday, the Prime Minister took pride in the fact that there are issues on which some EU member states can move ahead faster than others. At the same time, however, that process will be subject to the national veto. How are those positions 479 compatible, particularly since any grouping of member states comprising more than 38 per cent. of the population of the EU can, in effect, go ahead and do what it wants?