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United Kingdom And France Relationship :
Transcript of United Kingdom And France Relationship :
The relationship between the United Kingdom and France.
UK's applications to the EEC during De Gaulle's term.
Cartoon by Behrendt about UK application to the EEC (1971)
Cartoon by Eccles, published in the Daily Worker (28 January 1963)
De Gaulle's press conference of 14th January 1963
De Gaulle is absolutely opposed to this integration :
The British are economically linked to America and the Dominions => De Gaulle is
They want to
change the rules
of the project of the EEC
« l'Angleterre a demandé à son tour à y entrer mais suivant ses propres conditions. Cela pose sans aucun doute à chacun des six Etats et ça pose à l'Angleterre des problèmes d'une très grande dimension. »
G-B is an island : trades with distant countries and carries out
the EEC is partially based on
« Mais la question est de savoir si la Grande-Bretagne actuellement peut (...) renoncer à toutes préférences à l'égard du Commonwealth. »
1967: De Gaulle says 'non' to Britain - again (BBC)
« General de Gaulle accused Britain of a "deep-seated hostility" towards European construction.
He said London showed a "lack of interest" in the Common Market and would require a "radical transformation" before joining the EEC.
"The present Common Market is incompatible with the economy, as it now stands, of Britain," he said. »
« The French President, Charles de Gaulle, has for a second time said he will veto Britain's application to join the Common Market.
He warned France's five partners in the European Economic Community (EEC) that if they tried to impose British membership on France it would result in the break-up of the community. »
« He said France would back commercial exchanges with Britain - "be it called association or by any other name" - but that was all.
His remarks were greeted with dismay in Europe, where it is feared an open crisis within the EEC is now inevitable. »
« The only group which was pleased with the General's comments were anti-European campaigners.
They called on the prime minister to withdraw Britain's application immediately. »