The concern felt in Britain about the position of New Zealand if Britain enters the European Common Market, although considerable, is negligible compared to the concern felt in many political circles of New Zealand.
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CU Tom McGuigan member of Parliament speaks (SOF)
CU Opposition spokesman D. Moyle speaks (SOF)
TRANSCRIPT SEQ 2: QUESTION: "If Britain does in fact enter the Common Market, how do you see New Zealand's future?
MR McGUIGAN: It will depend entirely upon the terms that would apply in the case of New Zealand's position. Now if there is reasonable accommodation for New Zealand's position, and we have assurances from the present British government and the previous British Labour government that they will work to this end, if we have this accommodation of New Zealand's essential interests, then. I believe that New Zealand will continue to grow and prosper in close economic harmony with Britain and the EEC. If there is not adequate safeguard, then we could be in for an extremely difficult period, extremely difficult."
SEQ 3: QUESTION: "The negotiations have been going for some time now, is there cause for optimism with the way they appear to be going for New Zealand?
MR MOYLE: No I certainly don't feel we have any cause for optimism at the present time.
QUESTION: What's causing you concern?
MR MOYLE: My main concern is that we have been putting our case to the wrong people in Britain, Government and officialdom is obviously determined that Britain is going to enter the Common Market, while the great majority of the people are just as certainly opposed to British entry.
QUESTION: Do you feel then that New Zealand could still be left cut on a limb with British entry?
MR MOYLE: I'm sure this must happen. I can't see how any arrangements made by Britain with the Six can possible appease New Zealand and appease the farming community of Europe as well."
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Background: The concern felt in Britain about the position of New Zealand if Britain enters the European Common Market, although considerable, is negligible compared to the concern felt in many political circles of New Zealand. Questioned over the last two weeks, before Britain's negotiators meet their European counterparts in Luxembourg next week to decide on the terms for Britain's entry, an opposition spokesman on agriculture, Mr D. Moyle, said that there is an inherent conflict of interests between New Zealand's farmers and those of Europe. No agreement, he said, could suit both parties. A government spokesman, Mr Tom McGuigan on the other hand, expressed confidence that New Zealand's interests will be defended by Britain's negotiators.