Papers of Anthony Fortescue Heyden Redman, formerly chairman of the Haveringand Upminster Branch of the Anti Common Market League. Includes the papers ofother organisations opposed to British membership of the EEC, such as theSafeguard Britain Campaign and the National Council of Anti Common MarketOrganisations.
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The Anti-Common Market League (ACML) was founded in August 1961 by a group ofConservative activists to oppose the Prime Minister Harold Macmillan'soriginal application to join the Common Market. Initially the ACML worked asa focus for Conservative opposition, but in 1963 it developed into an activeall-party co-ordinator of anti-Market activity. In 1962 the ACML's membershippeaked at 30,000. It put up one candidate at the 1964 general election, andplayed a leading role in the formation of the anti-EU umbrella campaigningorganisation, the British Anti-Common Market Campaign, which is now known asthe Campaign for an Independent Britain (CIB).
The ACML is committed to Britain's complete withdrawal from the EU. Itcurrently has 500 members, the majority of whom are Conservatives. The ACMLis affiliated to the pro-withdrawal Campaign for an Independent Britain (CIB)and the anti-EU Anti-Maastricht Alliance (AMA).
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