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Britain's Policy Towards the European Community: Harold by Helen Parr

By Helen Parr

Harold Wilson’s obvious volte-face on eu group club within the autumn of 1966 has lengthy questioned commentators and Wilson’s colleagues alike. according to interviews, inner most papers and lately published facts from the nationwide data, this e-book presents a clean interpretation of Wilson’s coverage in the direction of the ecu Community.

Studying the improvement of Britain’s coverage among 1964 while Harold Wilson took workplace, and 1967 whilst the French President basic de Gaulle vetoed Britain’s club software for a moment time, this e-book examines the explanation behind the British approach, explaining why Wilson introduced an initiative for club while the French appeared absolute to hinder. additionally discussing Wilson’s dealing with of the cupboard, and laying off mild on Britain’s international relations in the direction of the Six, this paintings areas British coverage in the direction of Europe in the context of its international coverage transition from a world to a neighborhood position.

Examining an immense occasion in Anglo-European kinfolk, this can be crucial examining for college kids of post-war British heritage, and for these drawn to Britain’s historic courting with Europe.

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The first was to emphasise the importance of the Kennedy Round of tariff negotiations currently underway in the General Agreements on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). 79 The advantages of a successful trade round rested with the hope of securing arrangements for third countries—countries outside the EEC—that could facilitate access of Commonwealth exports to Community markets. 80 In this way, Labour saw the Kennedy Round as a precursor to British membership of the Community. Gordon Walker told the German Foreign Minister Gerhard Schroeder in 1963: I said the Kennedy Round was vital for us.

409). 8 Ibid. (p. 409); Brivati (1996, pp. 414–15). 9 Ibid. (p. 414); Broad (2001, p. 52). 10 Ibid. (pp. 51–2). 11 Memorandum to Kennedy, 11 December 1962, cited in Williams (1992, pp. 396, 402, 404). 12 Robins (1979, p. 29). 13 Ludlow (1997a, pp. 140–51). 14 Ibid. (pp. 104–6). 15 Williams (1992, pp. 402–3). 16 Ludlow (1997a, pp. 151–4). 17 Robins (1979, pp. 30–1); Broad (2001, p. 50). 18 See also Catterall (2000, pp. 97–8).

The prospect of a Community break-up enabled Wilson to elude consideration of what the ‘right sort’ of Europe could actually mean, yet the government did actively pursue a wider Europe in two distinct ways. The first was to emphasise the importance of the Kennedy Round of tariff negotiations currently underway in the General Agreements on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). 79 The advantages of a successful trade round rested with the hope of securing arrangements for third countries—countries outside the EEC—that could facilitate access of Commonwealth exports to Community markets.

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