After a final 33 hour session, the last issues on which the success of the British Common Market membership negotiations depended were settled at dawn on Wednesday (23 June) at the Europe Centre Conference Building in Luxembourg.
After a final 33 hour session, the last issues on which the success of the British Common Market membership negotiations depended were settled at dawn on Wednesday (23 June) at the Europe Centre Conference Building in Luxembourg. Agreement came almost exactly one year after these latest negotiations began, and British and Common Market ministers showed their delight as it was announced that final agreement had been reached on the future of New Zealand dairy exports to her vital British market - the key question which had kept the negotiators at the table for two successive nights of hard bargaining.
Agreed too were Britain's contribution to the European Economic Community budget - 8.64 per cent - and the acceptance of the Six of Britain's need to protect her inshore fishing industry.
New Zealand Depute Prime Minister Mr John Marshall, in Luxembourg to maintain direct contact with British chief negotiator Mr Geoffrey Rippon, said that although he could not be totally satisfied with the deal for New Zealand's vital dairy industry, he recognised that the results of Mr Rippon's bargaining with the Six represented a substantial acknowledgement of the need to give New Zealand special treatment.
The Australians were disappointed with the final agreements. Deputy Prime Minister Mr Douglas Anthony said that they had asked Britain to negotiate for enough time to be given for Australia to re-adjust her industries to the new circumstances following British entry. He believed they had not pressed this point sufficiently.
This Visnews production is a round-up of the views expressed by Mr Rippon, French negotiator Mr Schumann, Mr Marshall and Mr Anthony after agreement was announced.