"Mr Francois: This is a really simple question: has the Minister read the elements of the Lisbon treaty that relate to defence?
Caroline Flint: I have read some of it but not all of it.
Mr Francois: What!
Caroline Flint: I have been briefed on some of it.Caroline Flint may not have read the Treaty, but she has offered opinion on it readily: "I believe that the Lisbon treaty is good for the United Kingdom and good for Europe." "The Lisbon treaty provides a simpler, more streamlined EU." (Both House of Commons, 13 October 2008.)
Caroline Flint's response may have been considered 'extraordinary' by the questioner, possibly as 'extraordinary' as I found the same revelation by Ken Clarke all those years ago.
It is perhaps ironic that such 'astonishment' is expressed by a member of a party that will be campaigning in the forthcoming European elections to remain a member of the body about which they complain!