The annual party conference of the ruling Conservatives voted overwhelmingly in support of the Government's decision to take Britain into the European Common Market in Brighton on Wednesday (13 October).
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CU Alec Douglas-Home speaking (SOUND ON FILM)
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TRANSCRIPT: MR. ENOCH POWELL (SEQ. 2): I do not believe that this nation, which has maintained and defended its independence for a thousand years, will now submit to see it merged, or lost. (Cheers) Nor did I become a member of our sovereign parliament in order to consent to that sovereignty being abated or transferred. Come what may, I cannot and I will not. (Applause)
SIR ALEC DOUGLAS-HOME (SEQ. 4): I will confess my fear for my country. It is that in the reaction from Empire we will undervalue ourselves. That we do not recognise the authority with which Britain can speak and the influence that we can command in the company of friends and nations. Therefore my plea to this conference this afternoon is this: Let us shed our diffidence as a nation. Let us not shrink from leadership if we are in a position to give, and let us, by our vote today, show confidence in ourselves, and through ourselves, in our country's future. (Applause)
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Background: The annual party conference of the ruling Conservatives voted overwhelmingly in support of the Government's decision to take Britain into the European Common Market in Brighton on Wednesday (13 October). Foreign Minister Sir Alec Douglas-Home said Britain should not be afraid of taking the lead, if the position arose. But one of Britain's staunchest anti-marketeers, Mr. Enoch Powell, received much applause when he called for the defence of Britain's sovereignty. There were 2474 votes in favour, and only 324 against market entry.
SYNOPSIS: Brighton, fishermen register their opposition to the entry of Britain into the European Common Market. And inside the hall where the ruling Conservative party held their annual conference on Wednesday, they had an eloquent supporter Mr. Enoch Powell....
The other view was given by Foreign Minister, Sir Alec Douglas-Home....
Prime Minister Mr. Edward Heath led the applause. When the conference voted later on the question of the Government's decision to take Britain into Europe, the government received overwhelming support. Nearly two-and-a-half-thousand votes were in favour, and only three-hundred and twenty-four against.
Although there were many young people there in favour of the Government's terms for entry, the battle is far from won. At the opposition Labour Party's conference recently, there was a heavy vote against entry.