Heath on the failed negotiations, 1963
Catalogue reference: FO 800/889


February 5, 1963.

Personal

It is difficult to express one's feelings on occasions such as this, and I hope we will soon have the opportunity of discussing personally the problems which now face us. But I wanted to say that I am very conscious of the special debt of gratitude which we owe you for everything you have done over the long months of the negotiations, above all perhaps in the crucial periods of last summer and in the weeks before the breakdown.

I need hardly add that we do not regard the suspension of the negotiations as the final word. We shall do everything we can to continue to work for true European unity.


With my warmest thanks and good wishes.


[signature] Edward Heath

 

His Excellency

M. Paul-Henri Spaak, G.C.M.G.,
Deputy Prime Minister.


 

February 5, 1963.

(handwritten) Personal

It was a privilege for me to work so closely with you during the last critical days in Brussels. I am profoundly grateful for everything you yourself did to try to prevent the collapse of the negotiations. Though our efforts may have failed I am convinced that they were well worthwhile. We, for our part, will not relax in our determination to achieve the European unity in which we believe.

With my sincere thanks and good wishes.

[signature] Edward Heath

 

His Excellency

Professor Ludwig Erhard,
Vice Chancellor and
Federal Minister of Economics,
Bonn.

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