Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Just for the record

Daily Hansard - Written Ministerial Statements for 3 April 2008 --

EU Foreign Ministers

The Minister for Europe (Mr. Jim Murphy): My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary represented the UK at the informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers (“Gymnich”) in Brdo, Slovenia on 28 and 29 March 2008.

The agenda items covered were as follows: ...

Intercultural Dialogue

Ministers discussed the release of “Fitna”, a controversial short film on Islam, by the Dutch MP Geert Wilders. They reaffirmed that the right of freedom of expression was a basic value of the EU but stressed the importance of respect for others’ religious beliefs.

Suggested followup question to Mr Murphy, or indeed Mr Miliband: did Ministers discuss the possibility of restricting Mr Wilders' freedom of movement through the European Union? Or is this one of the privileges of not being a Schengen country?

Suggested question to the Home Office: What happens if Mr Wilders enters the Republic of Ireland and then goes to London under the Common Travel Area? Or is Wilders now also banned from the Republic of Ireland?

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