The Sun, 29 May 2003, page 2
Greedy EU chiefs will snatch Britain’s North Sea oil if Tony Blair signs up to the planned EU constitution, it was revealed last night. The draft proposal for the treaty has a secret clause demanding power over Europe’s energy supply.
The “secret” clause referred to here by The Sun was Article III-152 of the draft treaty (Article III-157 of the final version). This can be read here by anybody who wishes to.
This article is merely a restatement of existing EU laws that aim to preserve and improve the environment, whilst maintaining the operation of the single market. UK ministers have agreed to this existing legislation. It does not allow “Brussels” to seize control of UK oil stocks.