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Several key provisions that appeared to set strong rules prohibiting or regulating protectionist measures were then followed le plan marshall exceptions that, in practical terms, nullified their value.

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For example, Article XI of the GATT was meant to prohibit introducing or maintaining quantitative restrictions, broadly defined as prohibitions or restrictions other than tariffs or le plan marshall, but was immediately followed by Article XII which would allow contracting parties to restrict the quantity of the value of imports in order to safeguard its external financial position and its balance of payments.

At the time, many of the countries negotiating the GATT faced acute balance of payments problems, including key markets such as the United Kingdom and practically all other European countries, which meant that the GATT would allow them to legally stop Le plan marshall exports.

Even worse, the Protocol of Provisional Application contained a grandfather clause that would allow contracting parties to continue applying GATT-inconsistent legislation preceding the Agreement.

What le plan marshall was the point of having a trade agreement that would open the US market to imports without achieving reciprocal access in the other markets? Clayton was not shy in expressing his frustration and was concerned that such a deal would not be approved by Congress.

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On 6 Augusthe tasked Clair Wilcox, his deputy, to prepare a "short list" of margins of preference that the Le plan marshall Kingdom would have to eliminate, or else the United States would be walking away from the negotiations.

Anticipating a negative answer from the stubborn Stafford Cripps, Clayton advised the administration to drop the negotiations with the UK and to seek a multilateral deal with the others. Politically, the blame would lie le plan marshall on the British for not moving enough on the preferences.

While the strategy was arguably sound from the trade perspective, there were several other geopolitical elements that had to be considered by the US administration.


Two le plan marshall had the ultimate responsibility of deciding to walk away from the GATT: The political dimension was infinitely more complex than the relatively straightforward trade aspects. The Western allies aspired to a security system based on democratic governments and the peaceful resolution of conflicts through international organizations, while the Soviet Union was determined to protect itself by dominating the internal affairs of the countries bordering it, a strategy that eventually became known as the "iron curtain".

A Cold War was emerging from the midst of growing tensions between the Soviet and the Western allies. Inthe " Truman doctrine " was developed as le plan marshall countermeasure to the Soviet Union's growing influence and with a view to containing communism.

These major political events not only impacted on the GATT negotiations but, in fact, sealed its fate.


When considering Clayton's proposal to walk away from the le plan marshall with the United Kingdom, the Department of State was keenly aware that the Soviets had been closely monitoring the discussions, le plan marshall seemed ready to fully exploit the emerging disagreement to their advantage.

A collapse of the GATT negotiations would have been disastrous to the US foreign policy plans and weakened one of its most important strategic relationships. According to him, Robert Lovett successfully convinced President Truman that a "thin agreement" that would preserve international trade co-operation was instrumental to US foreign economic and security policy.

He said the Plan was hostile to the Soviet Union, a subsidy for American exporters, and sure to polarize the world between East and West. The appointment of the prominent businessman Paul G.

Hoffman as director reassured conservative businessmen that the gigantic sums of money would be handled efficiently.

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Sixteen nations met in Paris to determine what form the American aid would take, and how it would be divided. The negotiations were long and complex, with each nation having its own interests.

France's major concern was that Germany not be rebuilt to its previous threatening power. The Benelux countries Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxemburgdespite also suffering under the Nazis, had long been closely linked to the German economy and felt their prosperity depended on its revival.

The Scandinavian nations, especially Swedeninsisted that their long-standing trading relationships with the Eastern Bloc nations not be le plan marshall and that their neutrality not be le plan marshall.

The Americans were pushing the importance of free trade and European unity to form a bulwark against communism.