Minister of State for Europe Caroline Flint
Labour Minister for Europe Caroline Flint, supporting a re-vote, patronisingly declared that the Irish had “misunderstood” the treaty.
During questions yesterday in Parliament, Europe Minister Caroline Flint admitted that she had not read the Lisbon Treaty in its entirety.
Following a series of vague answers on the implications of the Treaty for European defence, Shadow Europe Minister Mark Francois asked, â€œHas the Minister read the elements of the Lisbon Treaty that relate to defence?â€. Ms. Flint replied, â€œI have read some of it but not all of it.â€ She went on to say: â€œI have been briefed on some of it.â€…
In a press release, Mark Francois responded saying, â€œItâ€™s wonderfully honest of the Minister for Europe to admit that she hasnâ€™t actually read the renamed EU Constitution. Itâ€™s not every day that someone will admit they havenâ€™t read the most important document for their job. Her astonishing admission does leave some questions. How does she know if the Treatyâ€™s good for Britain if she hasnâ€™t read it? How could she lecture the Irish that theyâ€™d only rejected the Lisbon Treaty because they didnâ€™t understand it?â€