With a minimum of fuss and formality, Britain on Monday (Jan. 1) took its place as a member of the European Economic Community (EEC).
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Background: With a minimum of fuss and formality, Britain on Monday (Jan. 1) took its place as a member of the European Economic Community (EEC).
At the Common Market headquarters in Brussels, there were champagne toasts after a British diplomat handed over formal notes concerning Britain's entry.
The British flag was raised outside the community's headquarters along with the flags of the other eight member nations.
In all, it was a muted first day as the community members had a new year holiday.
SYNOPSIS: At the headquarters of the European Economic Community in Brussels on Monday, Britain's flag joined those of the other eight members. But as it was a public holiday, the actual raising was left to the building's caretaker...who managed to get the flag upside down. Only a few reporters turned up for the occasion.
One piece of official business-however brief--was the arrival at the Council of Ministers headquarters of the British diplomatic representative to the Community, Mr. Ewan Ferguson.
He carried documents signed by the British Foreign Secretary, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, relating the Britain's entry. They included a copy of the formal decision by the British Government to join.
But even here the ceremony was in low key. The documents were accepted by one of the Community's departmental directors-general on the 15th floor landing of the headquarters. For Britain, the historical, if quiet moment of entry came more than 12 years after the first application to join the Market in nineteen-sixty.
The champagne toasts on the first day at the Community's headquarters were to be followed by some hard work in the coming weeks for executives of the now, enlarged E.E.C. which, with a population of two-hundred-and-sixty million people, is larger in population and trade turnover than the United States or the Soviet Union.