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75 Evatt to Chifley

Cablegram Special El 7 (extract) LONDON, 14 October [1948], 8 p.m.


5. Representatives of Eire have telegraphed Attlee asking to meet
representatives of British Commonwealth. They are anxious to
preserve their rights in the event of repeal of External Relations
Act. [1] I suspect true object is to remain in the British
Commonwealth if they can do this without loss of face on their
part. Equally it would be to advantage of all other members of the
British Commonwealth if they could remain in the group by
sufficient recognition of the King. Prospects of success are by no
means great but Fraser and [Canada] [2] are anxious to explore
every avenue and I am taking same attitude as I know you would in
the circumstances.

1 Repeal of this Irish act would sever Ireland's formal connection
with the British Commonwealth and make the Irish foreign to it. In
the event, various Commonwealth states declared Ireland to be a
special case.

2 'Canada' inserted by hand.

[AA: A9420, 5]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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