In an interview on BBC Television's "24-Hours" programme on Thursday evening (7th October) Britain's Labour Party Opposition Leader, Mr Harol Wilson, told Robin Day his questioner that if the Labour Party returned to power after Britain had signed to enter the Common Market, he would tell his colleagues in Europe the terms were insufferable and should be changed.
MV Wilson at Labour Party conference
CU Wilson interviewed by Robin Day. SOF IN: "Mr Wilson.....ENDS:"....somebody did".
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: DAY: "Mr Wilson, what do you think Willy Brandt would be saying at this table if he were here?
WILSON: I Know exactly he would say he had doubts about it, about joining, but he wants us to come in. I don't mind him saying that... it's absolutely fair and right to say. My answer to Willy Brandt if he was round this table is in that case why do we have to pay so much more in higher food process, in the interest levies, and all the rest....Why do we have to pay more than he does or anyone else in order to subsidise it all and what's basically (INDISTINCT) agricultural policy, fundamentally inefficient French agriculture.
DAY: If Mr Heath signs the treaty, and we're in on the first of January 1973, what would an incoming Labour Government do? Would you stay in pull out?
WILSON: Well I'm afraid it is a treaty....you can't break that....I would say to my colleagues in Europe, you've brought us in on terms that are insufferable...we want those terms changed. After all De Gaulle didn't negotiate....he always said to me "I never wanted to join this damned thing (INDISTINCT) "If we are faced with this thing we will make clear that we will put British interests first....not this soli??? sell-out of Ted Heath with Pompidou to become a French satellite. I would say we would have British interests followed here, and if not of course then they're not going to get any of the game from their market or our entry (INDISTINCT). We will stand up for British interests an its about time somebody did.
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Background: In an interview on BBC Television's "24-Hours" programme on Thursday evening (7th October) Britain's Labour Party Opposition Leader, Mr Harol Wilson, told Robin Day his questioner that if the Labour Party returned to power after Britain had signed to enter the Common Market, he would tell his colleagues in Europe the terms were insufferable and should be changed. He also said that if Willy Brandt had been present in the studi??? he would have asked him why Britain had to pay more than anyone else for the privilege of subsidising the Common Market.
This telerecording from the BBC programme is of low audiolevel...for which we apologise.