British PM David Cameron agrees to EU ‘in-out’ vote
Oli Scarff/GETTY IMAGES In what is being described as one of the most important speeches of Prime Minister David Cameron’s political career, he told the British people he is looking to negotiate a better deal from the EU and once he has that in hand, there will be an “in or out” vote.
LONDON—British citizens will get a choice as to whether they want to remain in the European Union, but only if the Conservatives are re-elected, Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday.
In what is being described as one of the most important speeches of Cameron’s political career, he told the British people he is looking to negotiate a better deal from the EU and once he has that in hand, there will be an “in or out” vote.
However, that referendum will take place not in his mandate but after 2015 when a new Parliament is elected, Cameron said from the Bloomberg headquarters in central London.
“It is time for the British people to have their say,” Cameron said, acknowledging that support for the EU is “wafer thin” in Britain.
As the U.K. economy sputters along under Cameron’s controversial austerity measures, anger has risen in the country towards the necessity of being part of the EU. The Tories are behind the Labour party in current public opinion polls.
Cameron says he is “not an isolationist” and favours staying in the union if he can arrange a better deal with a new EU, one that he believes will emerge from the present fiscal crisis.
He added he does not want to adopt a single currency or change the border controls still present when visitors – European or not – enter Britain.
Cameron appealed to Britain’s sense of history and how they have always been a voice in shaping Europe. To abandon the continent now would not be wise, he said.
“For all our connections to the rest of the world, we have always been a European power.”
He added the biggest danger to the EU now is those who denounce new thinking as “heresy.
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