Harold Wilson, Leader of the Opposition party in Britain, spoke strongly against the terms negotiated by the British government for entry into the European Common Market today (Saturday).
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TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 2): WILSON: "We reserve the right to judge the terms of entry against the potential benefits. And on that test, and on no other, to decide for or against entry. And this we shall do. I reject the assertions, where-ever they come from, that the terms this Conservative Government have obtained are the terms the Labour Government asked for (we did not in fact get involved in the negotiations), the terms the Labour Government would have asked for, the terms the Labour Government would have been bound to accept. I reject those assertions. During the previous EEC debate, just ten years ago, I told the House of the Labour Government's dealings with new Zealand after the war. Of their spirit of sacrifice in Britain's interests to keep us fed, though it meant rationing themselves. Their refusal to exploit the famine by charging higher prices. I said, you'll forgive this quote,but I've read so many others of mine:
I submit to the House that we cannot consistently with the honour of this country take any action now that will betray friends such as those (that's New Zealand). All this and Europe too if you can get it. If there has to be a choice, we are not entitled to sell our friends and kinsmen down the river, for a problematic and marginal advantage in selling washing-machines to Dusseldorf."
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Background: Harold Wilson, Leader of the Opposition party in Britain, spoke strongly against the terms negotiated by the British government for entry into the European Common Market today (Saturday). Mr Wilson was addressing a special Labour party conference on the Common Market. The conference voted to wait before making a final decision on entry until after the annual party conference in October.
Mr Wilson's speech was awaited with great interest in Britain, as well as in Europe. He has long avoided committing himself to any policy on the Common Market, and the conference has given him more time before revealing his stand.
SYNOPSIS: At a conference of Britain's Labour party on entry into the Common Market on Saturday, Harold Wilson: