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When France Said 'Non' To Britain Joining Europe

In 1963 France stopped Britain from joining the European Economic Community, now the EU. The news shocked Britain which had been in talks to join the EEC for more than a year.

In 1963 France stopped Britain from joining the European Economic Community, now the EU. The news shocked Britain which had been negotiating to join the EEC for more than a year. Claire Bowes has been speaking to Juliet Campbell, a diplomat who was at the talks in Brussels about the moment when Britain was shut out of the club which was making Europe prosperous.

Photo: 14th January 1963 Charles de Gaulle, President of France, at a press conference during which he stated that Britain was not ready to join the Common Market except on special terms. (Credit: Central Press/Getty Images)

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