(Original post by DebatingGreg)
(still on a touchscreen as couldn't get to a computer, so excuse mistakes
Firstly, I thank the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for outlining his ideas thoroughly early on in the session. I believe I can speak for the entire house in saying it is most appreciated.
His points raised concerning the (M)UN are welcomed. It is true to say that relations between the House and the (M)UN have been few and far between, and greater activity on that front is a priority, and would have been one of the things I was looking forward to most if we were to be in Government (*sigh*).
An EU bloc is an idea which needs to be made into action as soon as possible, and I look forward to the collaboration between the representative for the European Union, the Secretary of State and the other EU member countries.
As for the repatriation of powers from the EU, we treat this with initial trepidation. As you are all aware, the EU is now a fundamental part of national, continental and global affairs, and isolation from it would be disastrous. Of course, the Rt. Honourable Gentleman was not suggesting full isolation in the slightest, but one can only fear that if we distance ourselves too much, even if we keep within our legal rights, that the effect may only be detrimental and hurt the interests of the United Kingdom, something which is not in any of our interests. We trust the Secretary of State shall be careful in this dimension, and maintain our relations with the EU member states to their fullest potential.
Nonetheless, we shall review each proposal on a case-by-case method, and look at the consequences of each of them individually.
Finally, the Commonwealth, and we shall state that we are interested in hearing the opinions of other Commonwealth nations on such a partnership and how it ought to be operated in the (M)UN. Overall, we are hopeful that such a proposal shall be fruitful, and look forward to the Secretary of State's endeavours in the matter.
Bar that, I hope the Rt. Honourable Gentleman will keep us informed on the affairs concerned, and remain active in the House and, indeed, (M)UN, and once again thank him for the statement.