HC Deb 08 September 2004 vol 424 c717
Q6. Mr. Anthony Steen (Totnes) (Con)

If he will pay an official visit to Berry Pomeroy castle, Marldon, Devon.

The Prime Minister

I have no current plans to do so.

Mr. Steen

The Prime Minister knows that castles were built in the south of England to repel invaders, mostly from the continent. Increasing numbers of people in the west country feel that the freedoms for which they fought have been eroded by the European Union and that their homes are no longer their castles. Does he agree that we need an early referendum on the European constitution so that Britain can lead the way in that process, and not be the last country to enter it, after all the others have reached a decision?

The Prime Minister

I am afraid that I do not agree with the hon. Gentleman over Europe, but that will not surprise him. However, I point out that the creation of the EU and our membership of it mean that the wars that used to divide our continent no longer do so. It is important that we weigh that in the balance when arguing about whether to be in favour of Europe. However, I will tell the House about Berry Pomeroy castle. I gather from its website that it is haunted£primarily by a blue lady called Margaret.

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