When a diplomat once asked Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin what his foreign policy really was, Bevin replied: "To go down to Victoria Station, get a railway ticket and go where the hell I like without a passport or anything else."

This week Bevin's ideal will be partially fulfilled. An agreement will be signed in London abolishing visa requirements for French and British citizens who cross the English Channel for short visits in France or Britain. Formal negotiations with The Netherlands and Belgium will probably come next.


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