British Prime Minister Edward Heath today (Tuesday) wound up two days of talks with West German leaders.
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GV Int. Conference hall with British flag behind stage
SV Heath speaking
TRANSCRIPT SEQ 2: HEATH: The world is suddenly realising that the enlarged community is going to be a very powerful influence economically, and then politically, and indeed this is why we in Europe want to create it. At the same time it puts very large responsibilities on us as well, and these ought to be taken account of during the negotiations, just as much as afterwards is we can create the enlarged community. Now you ask me whether I was optimistic now, more optimistic than then. I've always tried to be realistic about this, and I see it in terms of problems which have to be resolved in order to seize the opportunity which we have now got. And as I said last night, which some of you may have read, that if we let this opportunity slip, then we must not think it is just going to hang around, lie around, waiting for us to pick it up again, because it is not. And so we have made up our minds, and I hope we have all made up our minds in Europe, that this is an opportunity which we must seize now.
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Background: British Prime Minister Edward Heath today (Tuesday) wound up two days of talks with West German leaders. The talks were mainly concerned with Britain's negotiations for membership of the European Economic Communities.
Tonight, Mr. Heath was due to give a dinner in honour of Chancellor Willi Brandt. The two men concluded their final talks in the morning, and in the afternoon Mr. Heath gave a press conference.
Mr. Heath repeated his earlier warning, given at a dinner on Monday night, and apparently addressed to all Western Europe, that if the opportunity to enlarge the Common Market was missed, it might not be there to pick up again in a year or two's time.
Herr Brandt's comments on the talks, in a prerecorded interview, were serviced yesterday in Visnews Production 3712/71.
This film is telerecording of a summary of Mr. Heath's conference, transmitted from West Germany to London by the British Broadcasting Corporation.