Uruguay move

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SIR Leon Brittan, the EC Commissioner, has welcomed the US initiative to shorten the Uruguay Round in the Gatt trade talks. 'This is excellent news for the Uruguay Round,' said Sir Leon. 'The intention to seek an extension of the fast track was announced when I was in Washington, and I am delighted that this has now happened.

'The time allowed is sufficiently long for the remaining negotiations to take place, but sufficiently short for it to put the necessary pressure on all concerned.'