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Feb 5, 2013

Cameron courts rich allies in EU budget battle

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron hopes to enlist the support of Germany and other rich north European countries in his fight to freeze EU spending at budget talks this week and is prepared to block a deal unless more savings are found.

It will be the Cameron’s first European summit since he set out his plan last month to claw back powers from Brussels and put the changes to voters in an “in or out” referendum on Britain’s membership of the 27-nation bloc.

Jan 30, 2013

Political rivals in Britain unite to combat EU “Brexit” threat

LONDON (Reuters) – Political rivals joined forces on Wednesday to launch a campaign to keep Britain inside the European Union, aiming to turn back a rising tide of animosity towards Brussels that threatens to end its 40-year membership of the bloc.

Politicians of different stripes decided to pool their efforts after Prime Minister David Cameron last week promised to renegotiate Britain’s EU membership terms and give voters a chance to say whether they want to leave.

Jan 27, 2013

Britain warns of specific security threat in Somalia

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government warned on Sunday of a “specific threat” to foreigners in Somalia’s breakaway enclave of Somaliland and urged its nationals to leave the country immediately.

Britain’s Foreign Office gave no details of the threat in the Horn of Africa state, but highlighted in a statement the ongoing danger of “kidnapping for financial or political gain, motivated by criminality or terrorism”.

Jan 27, 2013

Cameron deputy slams EU vote, polls show boost for PM

LONDON (Reuters) – Nick Clegg, leader of the junior party in Britain’s ruling coalition, denounced David Cameron’s pledge to hold a referendum on quitting the European Union, as polls on Sunday indicated the prime minister’s move may gain him votes.

“It is not in the national interest when we have this fragile recovery,” said Clegg, whose Liberal Democrats strongly favor closer EU ties, in contrast to many members of Cameron’s Conservative party. “I don’t think it helps at all.”

Jan 27, 2013

Clegg slams EU vote, polls show boost for PM

LONDON (Reuters) – Nick Clegg, leader of the junior party in the ruling coalition, denounced David Cameron’s pledge to hold a referendum on quitting the European Union, as polls on Sunday indicated the prime minister’s move may gain him votes.

“It is not in the national interest when we have this fragile recovery,” said Clegg, whose Lib Dems strongly favour closer EU ties, in contrast to many members of Cameron’s Conservative party. “I don’t think it helps at all.”

Jan 24, 2013

Cameron promises Britons vote on EU exit

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron promised Britons a vote on quitting the European Union, rattling London’s biggest allies and some investors by raising the prospect of uncertainty and upheaval.

Cameron announced on Wednesday that the referendum would be held by the end of 2017 – provided he wins a second term – and said that while Britain did not want to retreat from the world, public disillusionment with the bloc was at “an all-time high”.

Jan 22, 2013

Cameron to promise Britons straight choice on EU exit

LONDON, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron will
promise on Wednesday to give Britons a straight referendum
choice on whether to stay in the European Union or leave,
provided he wins an election in 2015.

Cameron will end months of speculation by announcing in a
speech the plan for a vote sometime between 2015 and 2018,
shrugging off warnings that this could imperil Britain’s
diplomatic and economic prospects and alienate its allies.

Jan 18, 2013

Britain to drift out of European Union without reforms: PM

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will drift out of the European Union and the European project will fail unless the bloc tackles three serious problems it faces, British Prime Minister David Cameron had planned to say in a postponed speech on Friday.

Cameron delayed the long-anticipated address on Europe at the last minute to deal with the hostage crisis in Algeria. Aides said a new date and venue would be announced later.

Jan 18, 2013

Britain to drift out of EU without reforms: PM

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will drift out of the European Union and the European project will fail unless the bloc tackles three serious problems it faces, British Prime Minister David Cameron had planned to say in a postponed speech on Friday.

Cameron delayed the long-anticipated address on Europe at the last minute to deal with the hostage crisis in Algeria. Aides said a new date and venue would be announced later.

Jan 18, 2013

Britain to drift out of EU without reforms -PM Cameron

LONDON, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Britain will drift out of the
European Union and the European project will fail unless the
bloc tackles three serious problems it faces, British Prime
Minister David Cameron had planned to say in a postponed speech
on Friday.

Cameron delayed the long-anticipated address on Europe at
the last minute to deal with the hostage crisis in Algeria.
Aides said a new date and venue would be announced later.