Britain's Trades Union Congress -- the annual gathering by representatives of about ten million workers -- today (Wednesday) overwhelming.
SV Vic Feather speaking
Transcript Seq 1: Feather: "Liberalisation has been a great force for progress in the post-war years. A county which hides behind high tariff walls can get a distorted economy -- one which does not grow as fast as an economy which is playing a full part in world trade. But the significance of the negotiations, and British membership of the Common Market, was that they provided a test as to whether the community was indeed prepared to be more outward looking. There can be no doubt that the Common Market is seriously distorting the world economy at the present time in the area of agricultural trade. If we enter, we thereby subscribe to the Common Market's agricultural policy -- we will in fact be adding a further restrictionist element in world trade. We should be putting up barriers against Canada, Australia and New Zealand, barriers which do not exist at the present time. So let no-one say that entry on these terms has got anything to do with trade liberalisation. It is the whole world which is interdependent today. Regional trade blocks of a restrictionist character can only make progress more difficult."
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Background: Britain's Trades Union Congress -- the annual gathering by representatives of about ten million workers -- today (Wednesday) overwhelming. A resolution passed by the congress meeting at Blackpool demanded a general election before any final decision was taken on entry.
The debate was opened by the Congress General Secretary Vic Feather, who attacked the Common Market as a restrictionist trade grouping: