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    THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY AND BRITAIN'S LORD PRIVY SEAL, MR.?

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    CV QUAI D'ORSAY.
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    CU ERHARD, W. GERMANY ARRIVES.
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    CU HEATH, BRITAIN, ARRIVES.
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    GV PAN (INT) MINISTERS AROUND TABLE.
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    CU HEATH SEATED.
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    CU SPAAK OF BELGIUM.
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    CU VON BRENTANO, W. GERMANY.
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    SCU PAN... DUTCH MINISTER SEATED.
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    SV DOORS CLOSE.
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    SV CLOCK.
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    GV EXT... QUAI D'ORSAY.
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    GV INT... HEATH IN CONFERENCE HALL.
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    SCU (SOF) HEATH SPEAKS "IN THAT STATEMENT........... (SOF ENDS). OF THE COMMUNITY".
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    GV (SILENT) CONFERENCE HALL.
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    "IN THAT STATEMENT I EXPLAINED THAT THE UNITED KINGDOM GOVERNMENT WISHED TO TAKE ITS FULL PART IN WORKING FOR A CLOSER EUROPEAN UNITY AND I POINTED OUT HOW IN THE PRESENT WORLD SITUATION THIS BECOMES MORE AND MORE NECESSARY. I SAID THAT WE SHARED THE OBJECTIVES OF THE COMMUNITY AND WE ACCEPTED THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR COMMON POLICY UNDER ARTICLES 2 AND 3 OF THE TREATY OF ROME. I THEN PROCEEDED TO EXPLAIN THE PARTICULAR PROBLEMS WHICH FACE US IN THE UNITED KINGDOM IN SEEKING MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMUNITY, AND I EXPLAINED THAT WE BELIEVED THE PROBLEM COULD BE DEALT WITH BY PROTOCOLS TO THE TREATY AND ALSO BY WAYS WHICH HAVE ALREADY BEEN USED IN MANY CASES ON PREVIOUS OCCASIONS. I EXPLAINED TO THE MEMBER GOVERNMENTS OF THE SIX WHAT THE COMMONWEALTH MEANS TO US AND ITS IMPORTANCE TO THE WORLD AS A WHOLE. I ALSO EXPLAINED THE DIFFICULTIES WHICH ARISE FROM RECONCILING THE EUROPEAN SYSTEM OF AGRICULTURE AND THE BRITISH SYSTEM OF AGRICULTURE, AND I ALSO EXPLAINED TO THEM OUR POSITION AND THAT OF THE OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE EUROPEAN FREE TRADE ASSOCIATION. IT WAS IN FACT A FULL AND POSITIVE STATEMENT OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT'S APPROACH TO MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMUNITY".




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    Background: THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY AND BRITAIN'S LORD PRIVY SEAL, MR. HEATH, MET IN PARIS, OCT 10, WHEN BRITAIN TOOK HER FIRST FORMAL STEP TOWARDS THE COMMON MARKET.

    AT A MORNING SESSION AT THE QUAI D'ORSAY - PRESIDED OVER BY WEST GERMAN VICE-CHANCELLOR AND MINISTER OF ECONOMICS, PROFESSOR ERHARD- MR. HEATH TOLD THE MINISTERS THAT BRITAIN WISHED TO JOIN IN THE "BOLD AND IMAGINATIVE VENTURE" OF THE SIX, THAT SHE WAS READY TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE AIMS OF THE COMMUNITY AND PREPARED TO PLAY HER FULL PART IN THE INSTITUTIONS ESTABLISHED UNDER THE TREATY OF ROME. HE EMPHASIZED THAT THE UNITED KINGDOM'S APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMON MARKET HAD BEEN MADE "IN A POSITIVE SPIRIT".

    AFTER OUTLINING BRITAIN'S SPECIFIC PROBLEMS ARISING FROM HER POSITION IN THE COMMONWEALTH AND HER AGRICULTURAL STRUCTURE, MR. HEATH SPOKE ABOUT HIS COUNTRY'S MEMBERSHIP IN THE EUROPEAN FREE TRADE ASSOCIATION, THE "OUTER SEVEN". HE SAID IT HAD ALWAYS BEEN THE BRITISH VIEW THAT THE PRESENT DIVISION OF WESTERN EUROPE INTO TWO ECONOMIC GROUPS SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO AN END. HE RECALLED THAT THE EFTA COUNTRIES HAD RECENTLY DECIDED THAT EACH OF THEM SHOULD EXAMINE THE POSSIBILITY OF ENTERING INTO A DIRECT RELATIONSHIP WITH THE SIX.

    AT A PRESS CONFERENCE, MR HEATH GAVE A SUMMARY OF HIS STATEMENT TO THE MINISTERIAL COUNCIL:
    BRITAIN HAS ACCEPTED THE PROPOSAL OF THE SIX THAT NEGOTIATIONS SHOULD BEGIN IN BRUSSELS ON NOVEMBER 8 AND 9 AT MINISTERIAL LEVEL AND CONTINUE IMMEDIATELY AFTER AT OFFICIAL LEVEL. THEY WILL BE PRECEDED BY A MEETING ON NOVEMBER 6 AND 7, AT WHICH THE COMMON MARKET MEMBERS WILL COORDINATE THEIR ATTITUDES TO MR. HEATH'S STATEMENT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2OWV30LVBJ0HPCYNZ8DQ4F7IZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA2OWV30LVBJ0HPCYNZ8DQ4F7IZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/10/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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