18 July 1960: Aubrey Jones, former minister of Fuel and Power, makes the case for joining Europe

The suggestion that the United Kingdom might join the European Coal and Steel Community and Euratom, while still remaining apart from the European Common Market, may or may not be found to be acceptable to the six countries of the European Community. It may or may not be found to be feasible to join two of three related institutions while still holding aloof from the third. But even assuming a favourable reception to the suggestion, the more difficult question must in the end, be faced. Should the United Kingdom join the Common Market, the field where European integration is proceeding fastest and farthest?

Indeed, the question does not end there. It is not impossible that, if this country were to become a partial and therefore apparently half-hearted member of the Community, that very fact might drive the Community, suspicious of British intentions, to build its structure even faster. Before the United Kingdom had made up her mind whether or not to join the Common Market, she might conceivably find that she also had to decide whether or not to join the Community in yet another aspect – for example, a common monetary policy. The basic and larger question then is: should the United Kingdom join the movement for European integration? And is there any virtue in delaying the answer?

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