The Enlargement of the E.E.C. and the Asian Commonwealth Countries

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Among the most significant developments on the international economic scene in recent years have been those associated with the enlargement of the EEC, some of the problems of which have long been anticipated and some of the consequences of which are even today difficult to foresee.

This study examines problems that may arise for Commonwealth Asian countries from the accession of new countries to the EEC in the field of trade, with a view to seeking appropriate solutions.



Impact of the Harmonisation of British Commercial Policy with the EEC

Before coming to the details of the individual products that might be adversely affected from the ACCs, it is useful to consider in general terms the impact of the harmonisation of the external commercial policy of the UK with the EEC. The Treaty of Accession does not spell out clearly the transitional arrangements for the phasing out of the Commonwealth Preferences for “non-associables”; there is also the possibility of modification in the EEC scheme of preferences when it is merged with those of the new members. The prospects for ACCs will be substantially affected by the outcome in respect of these issues.


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