When he vetoed our application to join the Common Market in January 1963, he said:
"England, in effect is insular. She is maritime. She is linked through her trade, her markets, her supply lines to the most distant countries.
She pursues essentially industrial and commercial activities and only slightly agricultural ones.
She has, in all her doings, very marked and very original habits and traditions.
In short England's nature, England's structure, England's very situation differs profoundly from those of the Continentals."
de Gaulle knew we were more Global than the rest of the Continentals. If MacMillan hadn't sent Heath to Brussels with the strict instructions to give anything away but not to come back without an affirmative answer to our new application to join.