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Letter: Concern about Maastricht's Social Chapter

Sir: Andrew Marr may display an impeccable grasp of the politics of Maastricht ratification, but his appreciation of the implications of the Social Chapter is more open to question ('The 'get Major' game is for real', 2 April). I am not sure who the experts are who believe that the Maastricht Social Protocol will allow nothing that cannot already be done under the existing treaty, but I can assure him that those who speak for employers - in the EC as a whole, not just in the UK - take a very different view.

Major faces Cabinet split if he loses Maastricht vote

JOHN MAJOR is facing a Cabinet split over the tactics the Government should adopt if it is defeated in Parliament over Maastricht. A defeat could arise if Tory rebels unite behind a Labour amendment which seeks to force the Government to accept the social chapter.

Maastricht vote set to split cabinet

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Democracy laid low by Europhilia

THE RANK emanations of moribund Maastricht are infecting democratic institutions throughout Europe. They are attacking democracy at its most vital junction: the connection between the electorate and the elected. In matters affecting the proposed and already crumbling Treaty on European Union, persons elected as national representatives are behaving as if they are no longer responsible to those who actually elected them but already to a notional European consensus which does not, in fact, exist.

Treaty 'timebomb' pressure grows: Tory loyalists put on war footing as whips prepare for tight vote on Maastricht after Easter recess

GOVERNMENT WHIPS put all ministers and backbenchers on a war footing yesterday for the day the Commons returns from its Easter break, 14 April, when a vote is expected on Labour's 'timebomb' new clause amendment to the Maastricht treaty legislation.

Maastricht ratification faces fresh onslaught: Labour's Commons move could threaten Major's future as Prime Minister

A STRONG all-party threat to block ratification of the Maastricht treaty opened up in the Commons last night.

Double threat to Maastricht in Commons: Tory and Labour clause additions to treaty Bill described as 'killer amendments'

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