Prime Minister Keith Holyoake of New Zealand, spoke to a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reporter in London yesterday (Tuesday) about Britain's entry into the European Economic Community (BBC).
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TRANSCRIPT SEQ 2: HOLYOAKE: "The position of Australia and New Zealand are not comparable in any way - and ten years ago has, I think, no significance whatsoever. Let me put it briefly this way: that New Zealand, with only three millions of a population, we are the greatest exporters of diary product in the world, and we're the greatest exporters of meat in the world. Now we've had to be good traders, we are good traders, we're keen traders. And, at the present time and for some time we've been selling dairy products in over one hundred countries in the world - they're not many more to sell to."
REPORTER: "To what extent would you prepare - if any - to make common cause of anti-Common Market lobbying in this country, if you should feel as the negotiations progress that Britain was not safeguarding your interests properly."
HOLYOAKE "Ah, we have no thought of this whatever. This is unthinkable to use. We've dealt now three successive governments. The Conservative Government of nearly ten years ago, the Labour Government and the present Conservative Government. They've met us fairly and squarely at all times. They've listened to our representations. They know the facts. And the proof of this lies, of course, in the case which Britain - this British Government-has now placed before the Common Market countries, and we're absolutely satisfied with the case that they put forward. We wouldn't alter a word of it."
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Background: Prime Minister Keith Holyoake of New Zealand, spoke to a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reporter in London yesterday (Tuesday) about Britain's entry into the European Economic Community (BBC). Britain is New Zealand's biggest single importer of dairy products, accounting for 90% of the country's exports.
Mr. Holyoake, who is in London with other Commonwealth leaders to discuss the implications on their countries of Britain's Common Market entry, was asked why New Zealand had not - like Australia - begun searching for other markets ten years ago, he replied: