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Full text of "The Struggle For Peace"

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left us. I repeat what I said before, that, in our view, there
was no necessity for my right hon. Friend to leave the Govern-
ment* As he himself has justly said, it is for each man to
decide for himself what his duty and his conscience enjoin
upon him to do.
" Do not let us proceed upon the assumption that the
moment we enter upon conversations we are committed to do
whatever the other party to the conversations asks us to do.
I really think that the hon. Member opposite must have for-
gotten that part of my previous observations when I was
recounting my interview with Count Grandi this morning.
I said then, and I said it quite deliberately, that I had given
certain intimations to Count Grandi as to what were the
essentials of any subsequent agreement between us, and he
will remember that I said to Count Grandi that we could
conclude no agreement which did not include a settlement in
Spain. My hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Carlisle
(Brigadier-General Spears) made some observations a little
while ago in which he suggested that the assurances given to
us by the Italian Government were inconsistent with some
words which had been used by Herr Hitler in his speech
yesterday. It is not for me to say what is the explanation of
the inconsistency, if inconsistency there be. But my horu and
gallant Friend drew the conclusion that this inconsistency
proved that the Italian assurances given to us were not to be
depended upon. [HON. MEMBERS : * Hear, hear !'] That
reflects the whole attitude of the party opposite, and I shall
have some further remarks to make later upon that attitude.
" I would point out to my hon. and gallant Friend that,
assuming for the sake of argument he is correct that the
assurances given to us by the Italian Government are not to be
depended upon and will not be fulfilled, then there will be no
agreement. Not only did I tell Count Grandi that a settlement
in Spain was a necessary and essential element in any agree-
ment that we might make, but I pointed out to him that if
we made an agreement we could not ourselves go to the
League and ask the League to approve that agreement
if in the meantime anything had been done by the Italian
Qovernment in regard to Spain which had altered the situation
in favour of General Franco, either by sending reinforce-