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Britain's Cameron promises pick-up in EU reform proposals

Published:Thursday | October 15, 2015 | 12:00 AM
British Prime Minister David Cameron (left) speaks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker prior to a meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels yesterday. European Union heads of state met to discuss, among other issues, the current migration crisis.


British Prime Minister David Cameron told European Union leaders yesterday that would soon be laying out detailed proposals for the reform of the EU that will ensure his support for the country's continued membership of the bloc in a national vote due sometime in the next couple of years.

Facing criticism and frustration from EU institutions and member states over his government's lack of reform details, Cameron said his proposals would be clear by the start of November. He promised that he will "quicken the pace" of those negotiations in the run-up to a December summit of EU leaders where Britain's membership will take centre stage.

"I am confident we can get a good deal for Britain, fix those things that need to be fixed," Cameron said following a lunch with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Cameron has promised a referendum on Britain's membership of the 28-country EU by the end of 2017. A referendum pledge on so-called Brexit was a central pillar of his Conservative Party victory in May's general election, partly as a means to keep a lid on support for the UK Independence Party, which aims to get Britain out of the EU, even after a renegotiation.