Britain's new Conservative Foreign Secretary, Sir Alec Douglas Home goes to Luxembourg on Tuesday (June 30) for the opening round of Britain's latest negotiations to join the European Common Market.
Britain's new Conservative Foreign Secretary, Sir Alec Douglas Home goes to Luxembourg on Tuesday (June 30) for the opening round of Britain's latest negotiations to join the European Common Market. Britain's new minister for European Affairs, Mr. Anthony Barber, will make his Government's opening statement at the meeting.
Britain's frustrating road to the Common Market began in 1963 when Edward Heath was the Conservative Party's negotiator. The talks broke down after President de Gaulle of France exercised his power of veto to keep Britain out.
When the Labour Government came to power in 1064 Prime Minister Harold Wilson and his Foreign Secretary George Brown tried again. They went on an extensive tour of the Market's major cities and spoke with representatives. But once again the ruling was against Britain. In recent years....especially since the resignation of President de Gaulle....the indications have been that the Market is now looking favourably at Britain's application. On the other hand opposition to entry has been increasing in Britain. Major opponents are the farmers who claim that they won't be able to competent on an equal footing with produce from the Continent.
The European Common Market originated from the Schuman plan....named after the French Foreign Minister of 1951. It was the first step towards economic union in Europe. In 1951, the six countries which later formed the Common Market....France, West Germany, Italy, Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg...signed the treaty which created the European Coal and Steel Community.
In 1957 came the signing of the Treaty of Rome which set up the Common Market. The six member nations pledged to abolish all trade barriers between them.