HC Deb 07 December 1965 vol 722 cc240-1
Q7. Mr. Blaker

asked the Prime Minister whether the public speech by the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to a meeting called by Socialist Commentary in London on 27th November about European unity represents the policy of Her Majesty's Government.

The Prime Minister

Yes, Sir.

Mr. Blaker

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the ambiguity about the Government's policy has only been increased by that speech and by the Foreign Secretary's explanation in the House yesterday? Has the time not come when the Government should reformulate their five conditions so as to make it clear to the Common Market countries where they stand?

The Prime Minister

I think that our conditiors are clear, and I have several times referred to the difficulties about agriculture. The position is that entry into the European Economic Community is not open to us in existing circumstances and no question of fresh negotiations arises at present. But we shall work with our E.F.T.A. partners through the Council of Europe and Western European Union for the closest possible relations with the Six consistent with our Commonwealth ties.