The British Prime Minister, Edward Heath said that the ultimate aim of the European Economic Community was to build a Europe which is not only prosperous, but a Europe which is free, democratic, safe and happy.
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MR. HEATH: "But together, we in this hall have achieved a fresh unity in Europe. A unity for which mankind in its very essence craves. Whether it is that unity which leads eventually to the national state, it is still something greater, ???thing greater than themselves, ???. Something in which they themselves can fear, which gives them that ultimate goal. And so we are creating unity of a new kind, and brought about by modern circumstances; circumstances in which our continent finds itself in a world of two superpowers; of a great power like Japan, of an emerging superpower in the modern Soviet -- China.
A world in which Europe looks to its ??? instead of fragmented among its member countries. In which Europe looks towards its own technology. And for Britain, which we here think particular tonight. Then we have passed through the empire end now we have found a new role for ourselves."
HAMPTOM COURT BANQUET HALL; MR. HEATH; ARCHBISHOP RAMSEY; MR. RIPPON; MR. HEATH SPEAKING; AUDIENCE APPLAUDING.
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Background: The British Prime Minister, Edward Heath said that the ultimate aim of the European Economic Community was to build a Europe which is not only prosperous, but a Europe which is free, democratic, safe and happy.
Mr. Heath was speaking at a dinner at Hampton Palace near London on Tuesday (2 January) night, to celebrate Britain's entry into the Common Market.
Mr. Heath said such a goal extends beyond the confines of the existing nine nation community.
He said: 'It concerns our neighbours to the east, the Soviet Union and her allies, and the neutral nations, as well as our own member states and associates.
Mr. Heath said the whole relationship between Eastern and Western Europe was now, once again, in a state of flux. He said that in 1973 there would be further important decisions to be taken.
The British leader welcomed the progress made by West Germany in working out a better relationship with its neighbours.
Mr. Heath also pleaded for the nations of the community to do more to help the less developed countries in their struggle to create conditions of life compatible with human dignity and self-respect.
This film includes part of Mr. Heath's speech.
SYNOPSIS: The British Government celebrated its entry into the enlarged European Economic Community, at a special dinner at Hampton Court Palace, near London, on Tuesday.
The Prime Minister, Mr. Heath and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Ramsey were among the distinguished guests. In a speech prepared for the celebration dinner, Mr. Heath pointed out the goals and achievements of the new nine member community.