• Short Summary

    THE CASE FOR SAFEGUARDING BRITISH AND COMMONWEALTH FARMERS - A VITAL STEP IN THE TOP-LEVEL TALKS BEING HELD IN BRUSSELS ON BRITAIN'S POSSIBLE ENTRY INTO THE SIX-NATION EUROPEAN COMMON MARKET - WAS PRESENTED ON FEB 22 BY MR.

  • Description

    THE CASE FOR SAFEGUARDING BRITISH AND COMMONWEALTH FARMERS - A VITAL STEP IN THE TOP-LEVEL TALKS BEING HELD IN BRUSSELS ON BRITAIN'S POSSIBLE ENTRY INTO THE SIX-NATION EUROPEAN COMMON MARKET - WAS PRESENTED ON FEB 22 BY MR. EDWARD HEATH, LORD PRIVY SEAL, AND MR. CHRISTOPHER SOAMES, MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE.

    AMONG THE FIRST TO GREET THE BRITISH DELEGATES AS THEY ARRIVED TO TAKE THEIR PLACES IN THE EUROPEAN BUILDING CONFERENCE ROOM WAS M. COUVE DE MURVILLE, THE FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER AND CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMON MARKET COUNCIL. BUT DESPITE THE SMILES ALL ROUND AT THE OPENING OF THE TALKS IN THE BELGIAN CAPITAL, THE BRITISH ARGUMENTS MET WITH A COOL RECEPTION.

    MR. HEATH AND MR. SOAMES PUT FORWARD LENGTHY PROPOSALS FOR PROTECTING FARMERS AT EVERY STAGE OF THE APPLICATION OF THE COMMON AGRICULTURAL MARKET. THEY MADE IT CLEAR THEY EXPECTED THE SAME LENGTH OF TIME IN CHANGING BRITAIN'S AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD IMPORTS POLICY AS THAT GIVEN TO THE COMMON MARKET COUNTRIES - 12 YEARS. M. COUVE DE MURVILLE IN HIS REPLY SAID HE SAW NO REASON AT THIS STAGE WHY THE TRANSITIONAL PERIOD SHOULD BE EXTENDED BEYOND 1970 WHEN THE SIX'S COMMON POLICY CAME FINALLY INTO FORCE. MR. SOAMES SAID THE BRITISH FARMER AND CONSUMER REQUIRED TIME TO ADJUST THEMSELVES TO THE RADICAL CHANGES INVOLVED IN COMMON MARKET MEMBERSHIP. THE SIX, HE DECLARED, HAD ALREADY HAD FOUR YEARS IN WHICH TO GET USED TO THE NEW DISPENSATION, AND WERE GIVING THEMSELVES ANOTHER EIGHT YEARS FOR THE TRANSITION.

    THERE WAS HOWEVER, ONE BRIGHT NOTE FOR BRITAIN. MR. SOAME'S SUGGESTION THAT THE ALL-IMPORTANT SYSTEM OF ANNUAL PRICE REVIEWS FOR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCED SHOULD BE ADOPTED BY THE SIX WAS WELL RECEIVED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABCUY4OOPJ8XFT93R65LDVLHTU
    Media URN:
    VLVABCUY4OOPJ8XFT93R65LDVLHTU
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/02/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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