• Short Summary

    Reactions to the British Parliament's vote in favour of entry into the European Common Market, from four of the men most involved in the debate--Roy Jenkins, the Deputy leader of the opposition Labour party, who led the 69 Labour "rebels" who voted for the Conservative government resolution; Anthony Wedgwood Benn, the new Chairman of the Labour Party, a staunch anti-marketeer; Geoffrey Rippon, the Conservative Minister who negotiated the terms for entry which Parliament has just approved; and Enoch Powell, Britain's outspoken Conservative anti-marketeer.

  • Description

    1.
    MV PAN & CU Mr. Jenkins walking to train and in train reading newspaper headlines. (2 shots)
    0.16

    2.
    CU Mr. Wedgwood Benn interviewed:
    0.46

    3.
    SV Mr. Rippon speaking:
    1.41

    4.
    CU Enoch Powell speaks:
    2.18


    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2



    INTERVIEWER: "How are you going to go about rebuilding democracy within the party and establishing confidence...."



    MR. WEDGWOOD BENN: "Well I think the first thing to do is for this to be discussed in every constituency and every trade union in the country. I think perhaps the Labour party itself in the Commons is going to have to discuss it and we shall have to see what emerges from this discussion. In addition to that we shall have to fight this bill to take us into Europe very strongly throughout the year and I think there is a possibility that it will be defeated and the matter will then go to the country."



    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: MR. RIPPON: "This meeting here today does mark an important change in the nature of the great debate that we've been having in the country. It marks the moment when we start to think about what we are going to do when we are in Europe, what we are going to contribute. The Prime Minister said last night, there is a change in the sense we will no longer be thinking in terms of "they" and "we", the Community and us. We will start thinking now about our Community, and what we can contribute, and how we can live and work together, harmonising our policies step by step with realism, and having due regard to the vital interests, not only of countries, but of the vital interests of sections within those countries and their needs."



    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: MR. POWELL: "Namely that the most important thing to be said about British entry into the European Economic Community is that it is not going to happen, and that the reasons why it is not going to happen are that the House of Commons will not, after seven hundred years, give up its supreme sovereignty in this country. And the British people, will not, after much than seven hundred years, give up their national independence."




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    Background: Reactions to the British Parliament's vote in favour of entry into the European Common Market, from four of the men most involved in the debate--Roy Jenkins, the Deputy leader of the opposition Labour party, who led the 69 Labour "rebels" who voted for the Conservative government resolution; Anthony Wedgwood Benn, the new Chairman of the Labour Party, a staunch anti-marketeer; Geoffrey Rippon, the Conservative Minister who negotiated the terms for entry which Parliament has just approved; and Enoch Powell, Britain's outspoken Conservative anti-marketeer.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6AIGLJZNAQNP744KC1RPG3ZRP
    Media URN:
    VLVA6AIGLJZNAQNP744KC1RPG3ZRP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/10/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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