HC Deb 23 January 1941 vol 368 cc321-2W
Mr. Palmer

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that our enemies are actively endeavouring to undermine Anglo-Portuguese friendship by spreading rumours to the effect that the continuance of the present régime in Portugal is incompatible with British victory in the war; and what steps he is taking to counter these rumours?

Mr. Eden

Yes, Sir. I am aware of these manoeuvres which, incidentally, would seem to denote a marked loss of confidence by our enemies. I have no doubt that the Portuguese Government and people are well aware that this country does not, and will not, seek to interfere in the internal affairs of other nations or to impose on them its own forms and institutions. On the contrary, it is, I am sure, as fully realised in Portugal as elsewhere that our victory will, among other benefits, safeguard the right of nations to shape their own lives in full freedom in their own way.

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