Asked by Nigel Farage – who does have some use, occasionally - whether the Boy King could lead us into the sunlit uplands by taking us out of the Social Chapter, no less than el presidente Barroso responded on behalf of the EU commission, telling the UKIP leader:
The Commission assumes that when the Honourable Member refers to the Social Chapter in the Treaties, he is referring to the social provisions contained in the articles 136 to 145 of the EC Treaty. These provisions are part of the whole Treaty and cannot be isolated. All Member States are bound by the Treaties they have signed and ratified and which have entered into force, including the social provisions they contain. Consequently, a withdrawal from these provisions by a Member State would require an amendment of the EC Treaty in accordance with Article 48 of the Treaty on European Union.That's rather shot Cameron's fox, methinks.
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