• Short Summary

    Britain and the Common market member countries on Tuesday night (June 22) broke through the major obstacle barring British entry into the European Community and pressed on towards the climax of the year-old negotiations.

  • Description

    Britain and the Common market member countries on Tuesday night (June 22) broke through the major obstacle barring British entry into the European Community and pressed on towards the climax of the year-old negotiations.

    After a day of high tension -- with the mood switching from optimism to gloom -- the two sides finally came to terms of the issue which divided them most deeply -- New Zealand dairy exports.

    The New Zealand question had triggered a tense confrontation between Britain and The Six earlier in the day. The British negotiator, Mr Geoffrey Rippon, and French Foreign Minister, M. Maurice Schumann, rejected each others proposals.

    The first offer by the Community members had been described to New Zealand's Deputy Prime Minister, Mr John Marshall -- in Luxembourg to plead his country's case -- as "quite inadequate".

    Then came a proposal from the Community's Executive Commission, its Brussels-based administrative and executive body, on which the final agreement was based. This accepted British figures on how much of New Zealand's present butter and cheese production should be guaranteed. It also went some way towards meeting British demands on how to approach arrangements after an initial five-year period.

    The agreement guarantees New Zealand preferential access to her vital British market of 71 percent of her present dairy exports. The New Zealand Government had been hoping for 75 percent.

    The New Zealand accord eased the way for agreement between Britain and the Six on the British contribution to the Community's budget -- the number two issue in the negotiations.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7EG82W4ZACSVTEM16384YXYED
    Media URN:
    VLVA7EG82W4ZACSVTEM16384YXYED
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/06/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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