• Short Summary

    NO DECISIONS WERE REACHED IN BRUSSELS TODAY (MONDAY) WHEN MINISTERS OF THE SIX AND MR HEATH, BRITAIN'S CHIEF NEGOTIATOR, MET IN SECRET TO DISCUSS HOW BRITISH AGRICULTURE SHOULD BE BROUGHT INTO THE COMMON MARKET SYSTEM.

  • Description

    NO DECISIONS WERE REACHED IN BRUSSELS TODAY (MONDAY) WHEN MINISTERS OF THE SIX AND MR HEATH, BRITAIN'S CHIEF NEGOTIATOR, MET IN SECRET TO DISCUSS HOW BRITISH AGRICULTURE SHOULD BE BROUGHT INTO THE COMMON MARKET SYSTEM. THE 4-HOUR MEETING WAS PRESIDED OVER BY DR LUNS, THE DUTCH FOREIGN MINISTER.

    DR LUNS TOLD REPORTERS LATER THAT THERE WAS NO CHANGE IN THE BASIC POSITIONS OF THE TWO SIDES ALTHOUGH THE RESPECTIVE ARGUMENTS HAD BEEN EXAMINED IN GREAT DETAIL.

    THE SIX HAD MAINTAINED THEIR DEMANDS THAT THE BRITISH SYSTEM OF FARM SUBSIDIES SHOULD BE ABOLISHED AT ONE STROKE WHEN SHE JOINS THE MARKET, AND THAT ALL TRANSITIONAL MEASURES FOR BRITISH AGRICULTURE SHOULD END BY JANUARY 1, 1970.

    AT THE SAME TIME THE SIX HAVE PROPOSED THAT CONSUMER SUBSIDIES SHOULD REPLACE THE FARM SUBSIDIES DURING THE TRANSITIONAL PERIOD, EXCEPT FOR CERTAIN "SENSITIVE PRODUCTS", SUCH AS PIG-MEAT AND EGGS.

    MR HEATH HAD EXPLAINED THAT IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO REMOVE DEFICIENCY PAYMENTS FOR BRITISH FARMERS IN ONE STROKE EVEN THOUGH THE SIX HAD AGREED THAT THIS NEED ONLY BE DONE NEARLY A YEAR AFTER ENTRY. NOR COULD BRITAIN KEEP TO THE 1970 DEADLINE PROPOSED BY THE SIX.

    THE DEADLINE WOULD END ALL FORMS OF SUBSIDY FOR CONSUMERS OR PRODUCERS OF FOODSTUFFS. DR LUNS ADDED: "BUT I WOULD EMPHASISE THAT THERE WAS NO UNPLEASANTNESS. THIS IS NOT IN ANY WAY DISAPPOINTING. THERE WERE NO CLASHES."
    MR MAUDLING, BRITAIN'S CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER, SAID IN LONDON TODAY THAT IT WOULDN'T BE DISASTROUS IF BRITAIN DIDN'T JOIN THE COMMON MARKET. HE TOLD THE FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION THERE WAS NO DOUBT IT WOULD BE BETTER FOR BRITAIN TO BE INSIDE THE COMMUNITY, BUT SHE HAD THE BEST OF THE WORLD IN WHICH TO MAKE A LIVING, AND WOULD NOT GO DOWNHILL.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3D17U7XX8WCMOLZWK62ZFCVTA
    Media URN:
    VLVA3D17U7XX8WCMOLZWK62ZFCVTA
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/12/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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