In June 1966 the sanctions against Rhodesia was forcing the economy of Rhodesia to a standstill. However the six principles that the British government wanted Rhodesia to accept would mean complete surrender by the Smith government. In July the tone of the negotiations changed as Britain realised that sanctions was not working as can be seen in the Zambian copper export; the judgement of the international court on South West Africa, the mild budget that was proposed and the rapid decline of Britain’s economic position. The negotiations for independence have not been concluded but Rhodesia has moved a long way to gaining independence since the beginning.