Catalogue description Commonwealth Relations Office: Common Market: Registered Files (CMD Series)

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Reference: DO 159
Title: Commonwealth Relations Office: Common Market: Registered Files (CMD Series)

This series contains files dealing with the effect on Britain's Commonwealth relations of the proposed entry into the Common Market. Subjects covered include the effect on Commonwealth agricultural trade with Britain, possible forms of protection for Commonwealth producers, and alternatives to be followed after the breakdown of Britain's entry negotiations in 1963.

Date: 1954-1963
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For later Foreign and Commonwealth Office records relating to the second, successful application to join the European Economic Community see FCO 20

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: CMD file series
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Commonwealth Relations Office, Common Market Department, 1962-1963

Physical description: 83 file(s)
Access conditions: Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated
Administrative / biographical background:

When negotiations conducted by the Lord Privy Seal for Britain's entry into the European Economic Community, Euratom and the European Coal and Steel Community began, it became necessary for the Office to establish a new department to deal with Britains's Commonwealth relations in the light of possible entry into the Common Market. This Common Market Department was established in 1962, and dealt with all aspects of the negotiations, particularly those relating to the question of the treatment of Commonwealth agricultural producers should Britain join the Common Market. After the failure of the entry negotiations in 1963, the Department was wound up.

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