After a final 33 hour session, the last issues on which the success of the British Common Market membership negotiations depended were settled at dawn on Wednesday (23 June) at the Europe Centre Conference Building in Luxembourg.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: RIPPON: "It is a historic day for Europe. I mean, I have never doubted myself that the political will existed to bring about the enlargement of the community. I have never doubted that we would do as in fact we have succeeded in doing, breaking the back of the negotiations by the summer. There are a number of matters still to be dealt with, some of considerable importance to the people affected, but we shall deal with them, and there can be no doubt now of the successful outcome of our negotiations."
REPORTER: "Now Mr Schumann, Sir, for the BBC, how good do you think the terms are that Britain has got?"
SEQ. 5: SCHUMANN: "I think the terms are good for Europe, and are good for the applicants, and are good for the member countries, because the community as such has obviously been preserved, and that was the target."
REPORTER: "Do you think the community has been strengthened?"
SCHUMANN: "Oh, greatly strengthened. And consequently Europe."
SEQ. 8 : MARSHALL: "I endorse it. I think in most respects it is a good agreement."
REPORTER: :What are your reservations?"
MARSHALL: "The only reservation we have is about the price formula which would fix an average price over four years, and be required to last for a further five years. In inflationary conditions, we think this would be difficult. We hope that we will be able to get this reviewed, and in the end I hope that a satisfactory provision can be reached. Apart from that, though, we think that Mr Rippon has done a splendid job, and we are pleased with the overall results."
REPORTER: "So Britain's bid for entry into the Common Market is not going to be opposed by New Zealand?"
MARSHALL: "No, no".
SEQ. 10: ANTHONY: "What we were fighting for was an assured transitional period, that we be given time to re-adjust our industries to the new circumstances. And we have assurances from the British Government that this would be one of the terms and conditions of entry, and we have just recently found out that they haven't pressed this point."
REPORTER: How does the Australian Government propose to react?"
ANTHONY: "Well all I can say is I am very disappointed and I hope it isn't the end of the matter. I hope we can rely on British negotiations to continue to push our case".
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Background: After a final 33 hour session, the last issues on which the success of the British Common Market membership negotiations depended were settled at dawn on Wednesday (23 June) at the Europe Centre Conference Building in Luxembourg. Agreement came almost exactly one year after these latest negotiations began, and British and Common Market ministers showed their delight as it was announced that final agreement had been reached on the future of New Zealand dairy exports to her vital British market - the key question which had kept the negotiators at the table for two successive nights of hard bargaining.
Agreed too were Britain's contribution to the European Economic Community budget - 8.64 per cent - and the acceptance of the Six of Britain's need to protect her inshore fishing industry.
New Zealand Depute Prime Minister Mr John Marshall, in Luxembourg to maintain direct contact with British chief negotiator Mr Geoffrey Rippon, said that although he could not be totally satisfied with the deal for New Zealand's vital dairy industry, he recognised that the results of Mr Rippon's bargaining with the Six represented a substantial acknowledgement of the need to give New Zealand special treatment.
The Australians were disappointed with the final agreements. Deputy Prime Minister Mr Douglas Anthony said that they had asked Britain to negotiate for enough time to be given for Australia to re-adjust her industries to the new circumstances following British entry. He believed they had not pressed this point sufficiently.
This Visnews production is a round-up of the views expressed by Mr Rippon, French negotiator Mr Schumann, Mr Marshall and Mr Anthony after agreement was announced.