Common Market: Will Harold Rat?

When the door to the European Common Market was shut, Britain was pounding on it. Now that it is slightly ajar, Britain seems to be shrinking back. As representatives of the Six conferred in Brussels last week, they were working on the assumption that a first meeting with Britain and the other applicants (Norway, Denmark and Ireland) would take place before summer and that full-scale negotiations would begin by autumn. It was further assumed that the four applicants would become members by January 1973. All these assumptions, however, could prove false.

Though all three of Britain's political parties have publicly...

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