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Jan 17, 2013

U.S. trade pact offers UK’s Cameron a way to sell Europe

BRUSSELS/LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Momentum for a trade
deal between the United States and European Union is a challenge
to Britons who say London is better off without Brussels and
hands Prime Minister David Cameron a strong argument to resist
their pressure.

Cameron planned to outline plans to dilute Britain’s EU
membership on Friday in Amsterdam in one of the most anticipated
speeches on Europe by a British leader since World War Two.

Jan 17, 2013

Analysis: U.S. trade pact offers Cameron a way to sell Europe

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – Momentum for a trade deal between the United States and European Union is a challenge to Britons who say London is better off without Brussels and hands Prime Minister David Cameron a strong argument to resist their pressure.

Cameron will outline plans to dilute Britain’s EU membership on Friday in Amsterdam in one of the most anticipated speeches on Europe by a British leader since World War Two. Diplomats in Brussels and business leaders in the UK fear he could set off a process that ends with Britain quitting the Union.

Jan 17, 2013

UK business warns Cameron against huge EU gamble

LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron’s
bid to redefine Britain’s relationship with Europe risks
stalling foreign investment and throttling the growth of many
companies, leading business figures have warned.

Cameron will deliver a speech in Amsterdam on Friday setting
out his plans for Britain’s future in the European Union, which
is expected to focus on wresting powers back from Brussels.

Jan 16, 2013

Cameron under new pressure to dilute EU ties

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron came under renewed pressure to loosen his country’s ties with the European Union on Wednesday, two days ahead of a major speech in which he will spell out plans to renegotiate Britain’s membership of the EU.

As different interests jockey to influence the content of his speech, which some politicians believe may end up reshaping Britain’s role in the world, a group of influential lawmakers in Cameron’s own ruling Conservative party published a list of areas where they want decision-making brought back to London.

Jan 16, 2013

Britain’s Cameron under new pressure to dilute EU ties

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David
Cameron came under renewed pressure to loosen his country’s ties
with the European Union on Wednesday, two days ahead of a major
speech in which he will spell out plans to renegotiate Britain’s
membership of the EU.

As different interests jockey to influence the content of
his speech, which some politicians believe may end up reshaping
Britain’s role in the world, a group of influential lawmakers in
Cameron’s own ruling Conservative party published a list of
areas where they want decision-making brought back to London.

Jan 14, 2013

Cameron on tightrope for EU speech, rejects exit vote

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron will spell out plans to dilute Britain’s membership of the European Union on Friday, a move that could reshape its role in the world, upset some of the premier’s allies and decide his government’s fate.

On Monday, when the date for the long talked about speech was finally fixed for January 18 in the Netherlands, the Conservative leader disappointed some in his party by rejecting calls for a quick referendum on leaving the bloc. But he did seem to offer the public the prospect of a vote after renegotiating London’s terms of membership.

Jan 10, 2013

U.S. intervention on EU opens rift in UK leadership

LONDON, Jan 10 (Reuters) – An outspoken intervention by a
senior U.S. official who said Britain should not leave the
European Union opened up a new rift between Prime Minister David
Cameron and his deputy on Thursday.

Cameron played down any suggestion of a disagreement with
Washington over his country’s membership of the EU, but Deputy
Prime Minister Nick Clegg, his junior coalition partner, said
U.S. concerns over Europe were spot on.

Jan 9, 2013

U.S. warns Britain not to drift away from EU

LONDON, Jan 9 (Reuters) – The United States wants Britain to
stay in the European Union and fears a British exit would run
against U.S. interests, a senior official in Barack Obama’s
administration said on Wednesday.

In a strongly-worded intervention days before British Prime
Minister David Cameron delivers his most important speech on
Europe, Britain’s closest ally said it needed London to retain a
“strong voice” within the EU.

Jan 9, 2013

UK business chiefs warn Cameron of EU exit dangers

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron will damage Britain’s fragile economy if he demands major changes that could threaten the country’s relationship with the European Union, business leaders said on Wednesday.

In an open letter, the heads of some of Britain’s biggest companies said Britain can’t afford to quit a market of 500 million people that buys half of its exports.

Jan 9, 2013

UK goods deficit suggests trade slowed economy in Q4

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s goods deficit narrowed slightly in November but held above its average for the past year, raising the chance that trade activity in the last three months of 2012 dragged on economic growth.

The Office for National Statistics said on Wednesday that the goods trade gap shrank slightly less than expected to 9.164 billion pounds from October’s 9.487 billion pounds, as exports rose faster than imports.