Delors to study UK 'problem'

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JACQUES DELORS, the President of the European Commission, yesterday urged 'serenity' in considering Britain's latest difficulties over the Maastricht treaty, writes Sarah Lambert in Brussels.

He refused to be drawn into the debate about whether EC member states would have to re-ratify the Maastricht treaty to take account of an eventual decision by Britain to opt back into the Social Chapter. But privately, diplomats are suggesting that a way would have to be found to accomodate the new British stance without involving other member states.

'There is no need to over-dramatise,' Mr Delors said. 'We are studying the British problem very seriously, making sure we have properly understood and have all the facts straight. . . it is not for me to step into the shoes of the British government.'