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“would not be prepared to recommend to Parliament….. a settlement which was unequal or unfair” March 28, 2017

Posted by irishelectionliterature in Uncategorized.
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I was looking at British Election Manifestos from the years before the UK joined the EEC. In a way to look for clues as what they might do post brexit, be it increasing tariffs to stimulate UK based industry, incentives for famers and so on.
This though from the 1970 Conservative manifesto caught my eye about negotiations to join the EEC,

A Stronger Britain in The World

If we can negotiate the right terms, we believe that it would be in the long-term interest of the British people for Britain to join the European Economic Community, and that it would make a major contribution to both the prosperity and the security of our country. The opportunities are immense. Economic growth and a higher standard of living would result from having a larger market.

But we must also recognise the obstacles. There would be short-term disadvantages in Britain going into the European Economic Community which must be weighed against the long-term benefits. Obviously there is a price we would not be prepared to pay. Only when we negotiate will it be possible to determine whether the balance is a fair one, and in the interests of Britain.

Our sole commitment is to negotiate; no more, no less. As the negotiations proceed we will report regularly through Parliament to the country.

A Conservative Government would not be prepared to recommend to Parliament, nor would Members of Parliament approve, a settlement which was unequal or unfair. In making this judgement, Ministers and Members will listen to the views of their constituents and have in mind, as is natural and legitimate, primarily the effect of entry upon the standard of living of the individual citizens whom they represent.

Interesting to see what standards the Brexit deal will have to have and if they “would not be prepared to recommend to Parliament….. a settlement which was unequal or unfair”

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