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    MR.EDWARD HEATH, BRITAIN'S CHIEF NEGOTIATOR IN THE UNSUCCESSFUL COMMON MARKET TALKS IN BRUSSELS, ARRIVED BACK?

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    Q: IF THEY HAD BEEN CONCLUDED ON THE TERMS THAT LOOKED LIKELY, DO YOU THINK THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED IN BRITAIN?



    A: YES, I THINK THE ARRANGEMENT WE COULD HAVE MADE, WITH COMPROMISES FROM THE SIX MEMBER COUNTRIES AND OURSELVES, WOULD HAVE BEEN ACCEPTABLE IN THIS COUNTRY; AND I BELIEVE THE COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES, TOO, WOULD HAVE UNDERSTOOD THEIR VALUE.



    Q: WHAT IS THE NEXT STAGE BETWEEN BRITAIN AND EUROPE? IS IT A QUESTION OF AN INDUSTRIAL FREE TRADE AREA, FOR INSTANCE?



    A: THERE HAS BEEN NO DISCUSSION OF AN ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENT. THERE HAS BEEN NO OFFER OF ANY ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENT. IF THERE IS TO BE ONE, THEN OF COURSE IT HAS TO BE THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE - ALL SIX COUNTRIES TOGETHER. IT'S NOT POSSIBLE FOR ONE COUNTRY TO MAKE AN OFFER OF ASSOCIATION OR A FREE TRADE AREA. OF COURSE, WE NEGOTIATED FOR TWO YEARS IN ORDER TO OBTAIN A FREE TRADE AREA IN 1958, AND THOSE NEGOTIATIONS WERE UNSUCCESSFUL. IT WAS SAID AT THE TIME THEY WERE UNSUCCESSFUL BECAUSE THEY EXCLUDED AGRICULTURE AND THEY EXCLUDED ANY POLITICAL ELEMENT. IT IS NOW BEING SAID THE DIFFICULTIES IN THESE NEGOTIATIONS ARISE FROM AGRICULTURE AND A POLITICAL ELEMENT. IT DOES NOT, THEREFORE, SEEM LOGICAL THAT THERE SHOULD BE AN OFFER OF A FREE TRADE AREA.




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    Background: MR.EDWARD HEATH, BRITAIN'S CHIEF NEGOTIATOR IN THE UNSUCCESSFUL COMMON MARKET TALKS IN BRUSSELS, ARRIVED BACK AT LONDON AIRPORT TODAY (WEDNESDAY).HE WAS SCHEDULED LATER TODAY TO REPORT ON HIS MISSION TO PRIME MINISTER MACMILLAN AND THE HOUSE OF COMMONS.

    HE WAS INTERVIEWED AT THE AIRPORT....

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC3FUPVQHBC23X2UTWXVP83NSP
    Media URN:
    VLVAC3FUPVQHBC23X2UTWXVP83NSP
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/01/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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