• Short Summary

    BRITAIN'S PRIME MINISTER, MR. HEATH, WENT ON TELEVISION TONIGHT TO TELL THE BRITISH PEOPLE EXACTLY?

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    GV NUMBER 10 DOWNING STREET
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    CU MR. HEATH SPEAKING SOUND STARTS: "BACK IN 1950...." SOUND ENDS: "....WE MUST TAKE IT."
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    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: MR. HEATH: "BACK IN 1950, THOSE SIX NATIONS STOOD WHERE WE STAND TODAY. THEY THOUGHT THE SAME THOUGHTS. THEY HAD THE SAME DOUBTS. BUT THEY WENT AHEAD, AND TODAY THEY HAVE NO DOUBTS. NO DEMOCRATIC POLITICAL PARTY EITHER IN POWER OR IN OPPOSITION IN ANY OF THOSE COUNTRIES HAVE ANY DOUBTS ANY MORE ABOUT THE WISDOM OF WHAT THEY DECIDED. THEY NOW KNOW THEY DID THE RIGHT THING WHEN THEY WERE FACED WITH THEIR MOMENT OF DECISION. FOR WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE, THAT'S WHAT WE ARE FACING NOW -- A MOMENT OF DECISION. A MOMENT OF TRUTH, EVEN, IN OUR HISTORY. MOST HISTORY JUST HAPPENS. WE HAVE IN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE HISTORY HAPPEN, AND THAT OPPORTUNITY IS OURS TO TAKE OR LEAVE. WE HAVE NO-ONE ELSE TO BLAME. IT IS IN OUR HANDS NOW AND NO-ONE ELSE'S. BUT THAT'S NOT SOMETHING TO BE AFRAID OF -- WE'VE FACED MANY GREAT CHALLENGES IN THE PAST, BUT NO-ONE CAN SAY THAT WE WERE EVER FOUND WANTING, AND I DON'T BELIEVE THEY'LL EVER BE ABLE TO SAY THAT OF THE BRITISH. I BELIEVE THAT HISTORY WILL RECALL THAT WHEN WE FACED THIS GREAT CHALLENGE WE WERE NOT AFRAID. WE WERE NOT AFRAID BECAUSE, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME, WE HAD THE CHANCE TO GO OUT AND DO SOMETHING....A CHANCE TO SHAPE OUR FUTURE, A CHANCE TO LEAD AND NOT TO FOLLOW. AND DON'T YOU THINK IT'S YOU THINK IT'S ABOUT TIME? CAN YOU HONESTLY SAY THAT THERE HAVEN'T BEEN TIMES IN RECENT YEARS WHEN YOU'VE HAD THE FEELING THAT THIS COUNTRY WAS LEASING OUT? IN ALL SORTS OF WAYS WE'RE WORTH MORE THAN THAT. WE'VE GIVEN THE WORLD A LOT, AND WE'VE GOT A LOT MORE STILL TO GIVE. IF WE HAVEN'T, DO YOU THINK EUROPE WOULD WANT US TO JOIN THEM? TODAY, WE HAVE OUR MOMENT OF OPPORTUNITY, BUT ONLY BECAUSE THEY WANT US. NOT ONLY DO THEY WANT US, THEY NEED US. FOR 25 YEARS, WE'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO GET US GOING AGAIN. NOW HERE IT IS. WE MUST RECOGNISE IT FOR WHAT IT IS. WE HAVE THE CHANCE OF NEW GREATNESS. NOW, WE MUST TAKE IT."




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: BRITAIN'S PRIME MINISTER, MR. HEATH, WENT ON TELEVISION TONIGHT TO TELL THE BRITISH PEOPLE EXACTLY WHY THEIR COUNTRY SHOULD GO INTO THE EUROPEAN COMMON MARKET. IN A TEN-MINUTE SUMMARY OF ALL THE BASIC FACTS ON THE ISSUE, HE SAID THAT BRITAIN COULD NOT SURVIVE AS A PROGRESSIVE NATION WITHOUT EUROPE -- AND EUROPE EQUALLY NEEDED BRITAIN. THIS FILM SHOWS PART OF MR. HEATH'S SPEECH.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6O85K1CEIVOK07KT4GFSSA7PJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA6O85K1CEIVOK07KT4GFSSA7PJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/07/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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