Maastricht motion

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THIS IS the full text of the Maastricht motion, published yesterday and to be debated in the Commons next Wednesday, with the proposers' names given first:

European Communities (Amendment) Bill

The Prime Minister

Mr Secretary Hurd

Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer

Mr Secretary Clarke

Mr Secretary Heseltine

Mr Secretary MacGregor

That this House notes that the European Communities (Amendment) Bill received a majority of 244 at its Second Reading and was committed to a committee of the whole House; acknowledges that the House was promised a debate prior to the Committee Stage; notes that the Danish government's intentions have now been clarified; recalls the Lisbon Council's commitment to subsidiarity, the Birmingham Council's agreement on a framework for decisions to implement that principle and the practical steps already taken to achieve it; recognises that the UK should play a leading role in the development of the European Community to achieve a free-market Europe open to accession by other European democracies, thereby promoting employment, prosperity and investment into the UK; and invites Her Majesty's Government to proceed with the Bill in order that the House should consider its provisions in further detail.