Concern about Britain's position in the European Economic Community took two senior British Ministers to Euripean capitals for discussions on Thursday (21 March).
GV Brandt Residence In Bonn
SV PAN Callaghan walks away from helicopter on lawn
SV INTERIOR Newsmen waiting
LV Brandt and Callaghan enter room, and walk to sofa (2)
CU Brandt PAN TO Callaghan
SV Both men seated
GV EEC Building in Brussels
SV INTERIOR U.K. Agriculture Minister Peart greeted in room
SV Peart shakes hands with other ministers
CU U.K. plaque on table
SV Peart seated at table
LV Other ministers seated
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Background: Concern about Britain's position in the European Economic Community took two senior British Ministers to Euripean capitals for discussions on Thursday (21 March).
The Foreign Minister, Mr. James Callaghan, making his first visit abroad since the elections last month, flew to Bonn. Europe's strained relations with the United States were discussed, but the main purpose of his visit was to explain his approach to re-negotiating the terms of Britain's E.E.C. membership.
The terms were agreed by the previous British government, and the Labour government has pledged to re-negotiate them.
One of the main complaints that Mr. Callaghan reportedly made to West German Chancellor Brandt is about the working of the common agricultural policy.
Meanwhile in the E.E.C. capital, Brussels, the new Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Fred Peart, was asking Britain's E.E.C. partners to approve a series of special measures to help ease prices for British consumers.
Mr. Peart is attending the meeting of the E.E.C. Agricultural Ministers which will fix the coming season's E.E.C. farm prices. Later on Thursday, Mr. Peart told reporters he would not be discussing re-negotiation, "I am here for specifically agricultural negotiations" he said.