Britain's independence and the sovereignty of its House of Commons was given away when it entered the European Common Market, Conservative M.
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POWELL: "First and foremost, the legislative supremacy of the House of Commons -- that was given away last year. And, in the present framework of our membership in the EEC, we can't have it."
QUESTION: The opinion polls don't suggest that they want to make this the main issue in the next general election.
POWELL: The opinion polls don't suggest and never have suggested, however great the pounding has been, over the months and years, that there is anything like that full-hearted consent to British membership which once upon a time the Prime Minister (Edward Heath) regarded, as surely anyone would, as the indispensable necessity.
QUESTION: But neither is that the wholehearted repugnance which you once mentioned in a speech in France.
POWELL: No...I suppose if a nation is evenly divided, more or less a third feeling strongly one way, a third perhaps feeling strongly the other and a third -- this is a very rough picture -- I suppose that is not full-hearted repugnance either. But then, it isn't even, to give away a thousand years of independence and seven hundred years of the sovereignty of the House of Commons, at any rate in matters of taxation and, very largely, of law it isn't even whether there is full-hearted repugnance or full-hearted consent. You need full, clear and over-whelming consent to be justified in that surrender.
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This film contains excerpts of Mr. Powell's remarks during the interview program, which was pre-recorded. A transcript follows:
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Background: Britain's independence and the sovereignty of its House of Commons was given away when it entered the European Common Market, Conservative M.P. Enoch Powell said on Monday (11 June).
Speaking on the British Broadcasting Corporation program "Panarome" he said the present framework of the European Economic Community meant Britain surrender its control over taxation and even law.
His statement was the latest in a series of comments in which the right-wing M.P. has stirred debate on the merits of British membership in the European Community. He suggested in earlier speeches and broadcasts that he would sooner see a Labour Party government, voted in by disenchanted Conservative voters, than see Britain run by the EEC.
He told interviewer Alastair Burnett that there was nothing like the wholehearted support necessary for the surrender of Britain's sovereignty.
There had been rumblings from the Conservative Party that Mr. Powell might have to be expelled from the campaigning against party policy, but this appears unlikely. In his recent remarks, Mr. Poweli -- a staunch Conservative for many years -- appeared to align himself with anti-Common Market members of this Labour party, who are actively campaigning to remove Britain from membership.