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William Hague

Date de naissance: 26. mars 1961

William Jefferson Hague, né le 26 mars 1961 à Rotherham, est un homme politique britannique membre du Parti conservateur, dont il a été dirigeant dans l'opposition de 1997 à 2001. Il est ministre des Affaires étrangères du Royaume-Uni de 2010 à 2014.

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„I can tell them that when he goes off to a major political conference of a centre-right party and simultaneously refers to himself as a socialist, he is on manoeuvres“

—  William Hague
Context: To see how the post of a permanent President of the European Council could evolve is not difficult even for the humblest student of politics, and it is, of course, rumoured that one Tony Blair may be interested in the job. Now, if that makes us uncomfortable on these benches, just imagine how it is viewed in Downing Street! I must warn Ministers opposite that having tangled with Tony Blair across this Dispatch Box on literally hundreds of occasions, I know his mind almost as well as they do. I can tell them that when he goes off to a major political conference of a centre-right party and simultaneously refers to himself as a socialist, he is on manoeuvres, and is busily building coalitions as only he can. We can all picture the scene at a European Council sometime next year. Picture the face of our poor Prime Minister as the name of "Blair" is nominated by one President and Prime Minister after another: the look of utter gloom on his face at the nauseating, glutinous praise oozing from every Head of Government, the rapid revelation of a majority view, agreed behind closed doors when he, as usual, was excluded. Never would he regret more no longer being in possession of a veto: the famous dropped jaw almost hitting the table, as he realises there is no option but to join in. And then the awful moment when the motorcade of the President of Europe sweeps into Downing Street. With gritted teeth and bitten nails: the Prime Minister emerging from his door with a smile of intolerable anguish; the choking sensation as the words, "Mr President", are forced from his mouth. And then, once in the Cabinet room, the melodrama of, "When will you hand over to me?" all over again. Hansard http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmhansrd/cm080121/debtext/80121-0012.htm, 21 Jan 2008, House of Commons: Column 1261-1263.

„If you are less influential in crafting the overall approach of the EU you end up with less influence in the rest of the world.“

—  William Hague
2000, 2017, UK to lose global influence after Brexit - Lord Hague https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-40517715 BBC News (6 July 2017)

„We are determined to reach a diplomatic settlement to the Iran nuclear crisis.“

—  William Hague
2000, 2013, Iran differences are now narrow, says William Hague https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-24901561 BBC News (11 November 2013)

„For the first time in history at Question Time, all three parties are represented by a stand-in for the real leader.“

—  William Hague
15 February 2006, House of Commons, Prime Minister's Questions when he deputised for David Cameron in his absence. However, Tony Blair was answering questions and was the active leader of the Labour party. Hague was suggesting that Gordon Brown was the "true" power behind the party.

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