Britain's House of Commons has voted to join the Common Market. By 356 votes to?
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CU Geoffrey Rippon answers questions
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SV Jean Monnet talks to reporter
CU Monnet speaking
REPORTER: "Are you confident that the legislation that's going to follow, is going to be passed quite simply, or do you foresee, what Mr. Wedgewood Benn was forecasting, the biggest constitutional and political struggle for many years?"
MR. RIPPON: "No, I don't think so. I think people will have a lot to talk about, when the legislation comes forward, but by the end of the day, I'm sure, that Parliament having expressed its view so decisively, will give a (INDISTINCT)."
REPORTER: "What attitude to you expect those Tory M.P.'s, who voted against tonight, to take when this legislation is put up?"
MR. RIPPON: "Well, I think some of them have always felt very deeply about this matter. They may continue to oppose the legislation."
REPORTER: "Mr. Healey, do you believe after tonight's vote that Britain will go into Europe now?"
MR. HEALEY: "I think its a very open question, because I think that the government would have lost the vote tonight by between thirty and forty votes, if it had to rely on its own conservative members of Parliament alone. I think its already clear it will have to rely almost entirely on Conservative votes alone, for the twelve months of very complicated legislation, which now follows. So I think that the issue is very much open still."
MR. MONNET: "I think that Great Britain will bring to Europe one essential thing. The British have a respect for institution and understand institutions better than the continentals. The continentals think that men settle problems, they don't. They need institutions to settle, and you understand that, as has been proved by the British Parliament over the last hundred years."
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Background: Britain's House of Commons has voted to join the Common Market. By 356 votes to 244 on Thursday night (28 October), the Members of Parliament have decided to tie British fortunes to Europe.
The vote, coming at the end of a passionate six-day debate, was on a simple 25-word motion to join the European Economic Community on the terms negotiated by Conservative ministers. The vote majority of 112 was higher than the Conservative government had expected, and was due to Labour M.P.'s, who defied instructions of their leaders and voted for joining Europe.
The vote of principle gives the green light for British entry by January 1973. The big hurdle now is to enact a large amount of legislation to apply laws of the Common Market to the British way of life. Labour opponents of entry have promised to fight the new laws and amendments every inch of the way.
Reaction to the vote was swift. Conservative member Geoffrey Rippon, who was instrumental in paving the way for the vote, said that Britain had a great deal to put into Europe. Labour Party member and "shadow" Foreign Secretary, Denis Healey, said that the issue of entry was still very much open. Jean Monnet, often called the "Father of a United Europe" was optimistic about Britain's future contribution to Europe.