HC Deb 06 February 1968 vol 758 cc231-2
Q7. Mr. Palmer

asked the Prime Minister what steps Her Majesty's Government are taking to ensure that the case for British entry into the European Common Market is adequately conveyed to the French public.

The Prime Minister

I am satisfied that public opinion in France, as in the rest of Europe, understands our point of view, and that the efforts we have made and will continue to make have contributed to this.

Mr. Palmer

As I am sure the Prime Minister would agree, no Government lasts for ever. [Interruption.] Would he therefore look ahead to the time when in France a new and more progressive regime will replace that of General de Gaulle and which probably would look with favour on British entry to the Common Market?

The Prime Minister

Yes, Sir. I think it is possible, even in this country round about the turn of the century, that there may be a change of Government, but so far as the position in France and the rest of Europe is concerned, we are determined to push our application for entry now without waiting for a change of Government in France.