Magazine article The Spectator

Foreign Affairs

Magazine article The Spectator

Foreign Affairs

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Sir: Irwin Stelzer's view of the impact of the EU Reform treaty on UK foreign policy ('Now we know: Brown is a European, not an Atlanticist', 11 August) is long on hypothesis but short on reality.

Britain will keep its own foreign policy.

The Reform treaty is very clear that the EU's common foreign and security policy (CFSP -- established in 1992 by the Maastricht Treaty) will remain an intergovernmental process, distinct from other policy areas and based on decision-making by unanimity. So the UK keeps its veto on foreign policy matters. We will work with and through EU where all 27 member states are in agreement. But, as is the case now under current treaties, where there isn't agreement, we will pursue our own independent foreign policy.

Nor will Britain's vote on the Security Council be 'directed by the EU representative'. We will keep our seat. We will vote according to our priorities and interests.

The EU cannot and will not take our seat at the UN. …

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