Britain's Prime Minister, Mr Edward Heath, said first priority for the enlarged Common Market of ten members was to formulate common inter national trade and monetary policies.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: HEATH: "Now that we've signed the Treaty of Accession we can work together as ten. It's been quite understandable so far that for example in discussions about foreign policy it's been the six who met and had a discussion, then the four joined them. Well, I hope now that we can meet from the beginning as ten, because that's what it's going to be like.
"But any idea that may have existed in the past that we looked to the Commonwealth to be a cohesive block which was going to have a powerful influence through military factors and other factors and so on international affairs -- well at the beginning of the century there may have been some people who wanted that to happen, but it hasn't happened. And we in Britain have now faced up to events and we see where our future lies."
REPORTER: "Now ever since you saw President Pompidou last May, there's some people on the Continent -- non French -- who feel that possible now there is a danger of a London-Paris axis."
HEATH: "If you look at the history of decisions in the Community, I would have thought you would have found that the combination of countries varied from issue. I don't think you'll find there's any fixed combination. And that will continue -- I mean there have been moments of strain and tension and so on. Even when at the top things have been difficult, it's been working well at all the other levels lower down. And I don't believe in any way that there's been a substitution of any sort of Angle-French axis or anything like this. Indeed, I don't believe the Community can work if you start trying to create that sort of situation."
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Background: Britain's Prime Minister, Mr Edward Heath, said first priority for the enlarged Common Market of ten members was to formulate common inter national trade and monetary policies. Speaking in a television interview broadcast in London on Monday(January 24), Mr Heath also said:
THAT Britain would begin working with the Common Market immediately and NOT wait until it formally joined in a years time, despite need for legislation to be passed by Britain's Parliament;
THAT Britain's future lay with the Common Market and NOT with the Commonwealth; and
THAT Britain and France did NOT contemplate forming a power axis within the Market.