Over 3,000 people joined a rally in London today (Saturday June 5) in protest against Britain's attempt to join the European Common Market.
GV demonstrators with Union Jack
SV & CU anti-EEC posters handed out (3 shots)
GV PAN people in streets around man handing out posters
SV lorry through streets with protest demonstration.
SCU poster "British orchards are in peril"
SV people entering Central Hall, Westminster
LV rostrum ZOOM in to SV Derek Walker-Smith.
SV PAN across rostrum with placards: "Say NO to Common Market" Applause on sound ZOOM out to LV same
GV marchers through streets with police escort
SV protest leaders incl. Dr. Walker-Smith hand in protest note to Prime Minister's residence.
Transcript Seq. 8: Mr. Derek Walker Smith: "And we have to grant this to the arguments of the master peers. They may lack brief and substance, but they certainly don't lack flexibility. Sometimes, we are told, the economic advantages are clear cut, but we must put up with the politically advantages. Other times, that argument is stood on its head -- for political advantages, we are told as such, that we must put up with the economic disadvantages."
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Background: Over 3,000 people joined a rally in London today (Saturday June 5) in protest against Britain's attempt to join the European Common Market. They were led by British members of Parliament and trade unionists, among them the opposition Labour Party's former Minister of Trade Mr. Douglas Jay. Following a protest march through the city streets and a mass meeting in London's Central Hall, the demonstrators then marched to the Downing Street official residence of the Prime Minister, Mr. Edward Heath, to hand in a protest note. The rally organisors, a group called "The Common Market Safeguards Campaign", claimed that the Conservative government had no mandate to take Britain into the Common Market and that over 300,000 people had signed a petition, intended for Queen Elizabeth, calling for a referendum.
SYNOPSIS: Over 3,000 people joined in a mass rally in London on Saturday to protest against Britain's attempt to join the European Common Market. The ruling Conservative Government they said, had no mandate to take Britain into the Community.
The rally, organised by a group called "The Common Market Safeguards Campaign", was led by British Members of Parliament and trade unionists, among them the opposition Labour Party's former Minister of Trade Mr. Douglas Jay.
Following the march the demonstrators gathered in London's Central Hall for a mass meeting. One of the speakers was another former Minister, M. Derek Walker-Smith.
After the meeting the protest continued.......this time, in a march to the official residence of Prime Minister Mr. Edward Heath in Downing Street to hand in a protest note. The organisors, meanwhile, claimed that over 300,000 people had signed a petition intended for the Queen Elizabeth, calling for a referendum on the Common Market.