Britain, Butter, and European Integration, 1957-64

Economic History Review, Vol. 50, No. 2, pp. 327-347, 1997

Posted: 18 Dec 2009

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John Singleton

Victoria University of Wellington - School of Economics & Finance

Date Written: 1997

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Singleton, John, Britain, Butter, and European Integration, 1957-64 (1997). Economic History Review, Vol. 50, No. 2, pp. 327-347, 1997, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1524009

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Victoria University of Wellington - School of Economics & Finance ( email )

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Wellington 6140
New Zealand

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