Great Britain: Crossing the Rubicon

For ten days Commonwealth leaders battled Britain's government with every wile and weapon. But for all their threats that Britain's admission to the European Common Market will irrevocably weaken — if not destroy — the 15-nation partnership, the Commonwealth Prime Ministers wound up their conference in London last week by conceding that "the final decision would rest with the British government." Prime Minister Harold Macmillan announced jubilantly: "I am very pleased. Everything is fine."

Until the closing hours of the conference. Commonwealth leaders had threatened to sign dissenting communiques embodying the dire strictures...

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