BY SONYA JAY PORTER
"Eurogendfor is at the disposal of the EU as well as of other International Organisations such as NATO, UN, OSCE and ad hoc coalitions but is not an EU asset."
Two months after the signing of that Treaty on 18th October 2007, the Lisbon Treaty was signed on 13th December. This contained a "Solidarity Clause" (Article 222) which introduced substantial changes so that the European Gendarmerie Force can now "assist a Member State in its territory, at the request of its political authorities". According to Hansard of 11th December 2007, David Miliband, the then Foreign Minister, was asked to "give an undertaking that [the EGF] will never be allowed to operate on British soil", but as Mr Dick-Erikson says, this undertaking was not given and in fact Mr Miliband confirmed that the force could do so, with the mere "consent" of the government.
SONYA JAY PORTER is a Surrey-based freelance writer