Britain and the Common market member countries on Tuesday night (June 22) broke through the major obstacle barring British entry into the European Community and pressed on towards the climax of the year-old negotiations.
GV Luxembourg Common Market headquarters
SV Pressmen wait outside
SCU Schumann entering
GV INT. Conference room
CU TILT Dutch delegate talking with another (2 shots)
SV Rippon entering and greeted
CU PAN Belgium delegate
SCU Schumann talks to colleague
GV Negotiators pose for press
CU Rippon (2 shots)
CU TILT Scheel
CU Rippon out of car Exterior shot
CU Rippon interviewed (SOF)
SV Rippon enters building
SV Marshall interviewed (SOF)
RIPPON: "We're going to have some more discussion about it. I always think it's a mistake in the middle of negotiations to try and say what you intend to do and how you intend to discuss it. There's a lot of discussion going on. We'll see how it works out. That's what really counts. The final settlement we reach.
INTERVIEWER: Then you can settle this one, you think:
RIPPON: We must settle it".
INTERVIEWER: "Mr Marshall, could you say what you feel about the Six's offer on New Zealand?
MARSHALL: I could not accept it.
INTERVIEWER: You think it can be settled?
MARSHALL: I believe so, if there's the political will.
INTERVIEWER: And is there on New Zealand's part?
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Background: Britain and the Common market member countries on Tuesday night (June 22) broke through the major obstacle barring British entry into the European Community and pressed on towards the climax of the year-old negotiations.
After a day of high tension -- with the mood switching from optimism to gloom -- the two sides finally came to terms of the issue which divided them most deeply -- New Zealand dairy exports.
The New Zealand question had triggered a tense confrontation between Britain and The Six earlier in the day. The British negotiator, Mr Geoffrey Rippon, and French Foreign Minister, M. Maurice Schumann, rejected each others proposals.
The first offer by the Community members had been described to New Zealand's Deputy Prime Minister, Mr John Marshall -- in Luxembourg to plead his country's case -- as "quite inadequate".
Then came a proposal from the Community's Executive Commission, its Brussels-based administrative and executive body, on which the final agreement was based. This accepted British figures on how much of New Zealand's present butter and cheese production should be guaranteed. It also went some way towards meeting British demands on how to approach arrangements after an initial five-year period.
The agreement guarantees New Zealand preferential access to her vital British market of 71 percent of her present dairy exports. The New Zealand Government had been hoping for 75 percent.
The New Zealand accord eased the way for agreement between Britain and the Six on the British contribution to the Community's budget -- the number two issue in the negotiations.