Europe

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th November 1966.

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The question is already being asked in the country what cards we have to play. I have time to mention only one, which I believe to be perhaps our best, namely, the fact that it is surely being increasingly appreciated in Europe, and in France itself, that in advanced technology we have a great deal to offer the Six in our capacity for research and development, just as they have a great deal to offer us in their success with the application of what very often British scientists have revealed. There are many projects on which I would think advanced technologists have whispered to de Gaulle that he cannot any longer go it alone and would benefit greatly by Britain being a general partner and not simply a co-partner in single ad hoc schemes such as we now have with France.