Britain, Butter, and European Integration, 1957-64
Economic History Review, Vol. 50, No. 2, pp. 327-347, 1997
Posted: 18 Dec 2009
Date Written: 1997
Access to the British butter market was an important issue during British negotiations with continental Europe in the early 1960s. Commonwealth producers enjoyed preferential treatment under the terms of the Ottawa Agreement, and butter exports were of particular importance to New Zealand. This article explains how Britain attempted to safeguard New Zealand's trade while conforming to Europe's agricultural policy. When British/European negotiations collapsed in 1963, attention switched to the need to make dairy concessions to Denmark in order to speed up tariff reductions in EFTA. Commonwealth butter suppliers faced an increasingly uncertain future, and New Zealanders lived to regret their economic dependence on the British market.
Keywords: Butter, Britain, Ottawa Agreement, Europe, Agricultural policy, EFTA
JEL Classification: N14, N54
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