Norwegian EEC activists must look back on ten years of disappointment. The belief that one day Norway will both be willing - and allowed to - to give up national independence for the benefit of the EEC bodies in Brussels, is nonetheless alive.
Now the "plan" is this: "real" negotiations for the summer / fall, a negotiation period of 18 months, "full" membership in the "Community" from 1.1.1973.
The EEC activists are likely to face new disappointments. They don't have as many trumps in their sleeves as many newspapers try to imagine. This is due to both Norwegian and Nordic conditions, but primarily the UK's demonstrative uncertainty.
Officially, the UK Government is in favor of full membership of the Common Market. It is supported in this by the Conservatives. England - like Norway, Denmark and Eire - has an application "dormant" in Brussels. Thus, everything should be clear for a huge number of EEC membership in Parliament. But it's not that simple.
The "White Paper" increases skepticism
The government recently issued a "White Paper" on the advantages / disadvantages of UK membership in the EEC. It received a very mixed reception in the British press. The financial worker in Sunday newspaper The Observer, Alan Day, rightly states that he has now been very thoughtful. (Day has EEC membership.)
The socialist newspaper New Statesman cites three main reasons why England will suffer severe losses in the EEC: 1. EEC's "clumsy and reactionary" agricultural policy. 2. The free movement of capital. 3. Loss on trade with the Commonwealth countries.
Gallup shows that 70-75 per cent are negative or doubtful about EEC membership. This is mainly due to the fact that food and clothing prices are now far lower in England than in the continent, and that most people have not trusted the assurances that a price increase will be offset by wage increases.
The choice is more important than the EEC
In this lies an essential political reality: it is impossible for Labor to ignore this skepticism of most people when one soon enters a bitter election campaign. Prime minister Harold Wilson # 's chances are so uncertain at present that he must exploit all sources of increased popularity.
The EEC's big argument:…
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