ONLY a handful of MPs today turned up to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the European Union’s founding treaty.

Just three MPs spoke in a poorly-attended debate held to mark the signing of the Treaty of Rome.

On Saturday, top eurocrats will mark the 60th anniversary of the agreement between six founding countries to create the European Economic Community, the forerunner of the EU.

But there appeared to be little enthusiasm in Parliament this morning for the bloc’s upcoming celebrations in the wake of last summer’s Brexit vote.

The SNP’s Stephen Gethins, who secured the Westminster Hall debate, urged MPs to remember the “unprecedented success” of the EU since the signing of the Treaty of Rome on March 25, 1957.

Referring to the Leave vote on June 23 last year, he said: “At this time of uncertainty in terms of our relationship with our European partners, I think it’s easy to lose sight of the major contribution EU membership has for us all.

“The bloc is by no means perfect – building co-operation between 28 independent and sovereign member states is always going to be difficult. And the necessary compromises will need to be made and sometimes those are a bit messy.

“But overall we’re better with it and overall we’re in a better place because of the signing of the Treaty of Rome 60 years ago.”


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