• Short Summary

    BRITAIN IS HOLDING A FINAL MINISTERIAL MEETING WITH ITS EUROPEAN FREE TRADE ASSOCIATION (EFTA) PARTNERS TODAY TO DISCUSS BRITAIN'S EXPECTED APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMON MARKET.

  • Description

    BRITAIN IS HOLDING A FINAL MINISTERIAL MEETING WITH ITS EUROPEAN FREE TRADE ASSOCIATION (EFTA) PARTNERS TODAY TO DISCUSS BRITAIN'S EXPECTED APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMON MARKET. ALTHOUGH FOREIGN SECRETARY GEORGE BROWN WILL TELL HIS EFTA COLLEAGUES THAT THE BRITISH CABINET STILL HAS TO MAKE ITS FINAL DECISION ON MEMBERSHIP TO THE SIX NATION COMMON MARKET, THERE IS LITTLE DOUBT THAT BRITAIN WILL MAKE A SECOND ATTEMPT TO JOIN. LAST NIGHT PRIME MINISTER HAROLD WILSON SAID THAT BRITAIN MUST PLAY A PART IN EUROPE'S FUTURE MOVES TOWARDS POLITICAL UNITY.

    IF BRITAIN DOES JOIN THE COMMON MARKET, IT COULD MEAN THAT THOSE MEMBERS OF EFTA NOT IN A POSITION TO FOLLOW BRITAIN WILL FACE VITAL PROBLEMS. THESE NATIONS ARE POLITICALLY NON-ALIGNED SWEDEN, FINLAND, SWITZERLAND AND AUSTRIA AND THE INDUSTRIALLY LESS DEVELOPED PORTUGAL. AUSTRIA HAS ALREADY BEGUN TALKS WITH THE COMMON MARKET FOR ASSOCIATE STATUS.

    THESE PROBLEMS WILL NOT AFFECT DENMARK AND NORWAY, WHICH ARE NOT NEUTRAL, AND HAVE ALREADY MADE IT CLEAR THAT THEY TOO WOULD LIKE FULL MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMON MARKET IF BRITAIN DECIDES TO JOIN. THE IRISH REPUBLIC, WHICH IS NOT A MEMBER OF EFTA BUT HAS A FREE TRADE ASSOCIATION WITH BRITAIN, WILL ALSO FOLLOW THE BRITISH LEAD.

    SWEDISH TRADE MINISTER GUNNAR LANGE, CURRENTLY CHAIRMAN OF THE EFTA MINISTERIAL COUNCIL, IS PRESIDING OVER TODAY'S DISCUSSIONS.

    A COMMUNIQUE IS EXPECTED AROUND 1800 G.M.T. TONIGHT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABDNY8EAH1HW00NKG67O13Z25G
    Media URN:
    VLVABDNY8EAH1HW00NKG67O13Z25G
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/04/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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