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Foreign Secretary welcomes Parliamentary passage of the EU Bill

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Foreign Secretary William Hague: "For the first time it gives real control to Parliament and every voter in the country over the most important decisions a government can make in the EU."

Commenting on the completion of the Parliamentary passage of the EU Bill, the Foreign Secretary said:

“This is good news for our democracy and will significantly strengthen it. For the first time it gives real control to Parliament and every voter in the country over the most important decisions a government can make in the EU.

“Trust in the EU has been severely damaged. It is only by giving voters proper control over any future proposal to change the Treaties - the EU’s rule book - to shift powers from Britain to the EU that we can begin to reconnect people to the EU.

“The British people now have a referendum lock to which only they will hold the key. This Bill should now become an enduring part of our constitutional framework.”