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Cameron pleads for leaders' help to keep Britain in EU

Friday, December 18, 2015 - 01:29

British PM David Cameron says he can see a ''pathway'' to a deal to keep Britain in the EU after addressing a European Council summit dinner. Natasha Howitt reports.

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In his latest push to seek a deal to keep Britain in the EU, British Prime Minister David Cameron addressed EU leaders over dinner in Brussels. The conservative leader is seeking to renegotiate the terms of the UK's membership in the bloc before a referendum on whether to stay. British voters' concerns about immigration need to be addressed, he said, and "substantial reforms" need to be agreed upon. Speaking after the dinner he said he could see a "pathway" to a deal. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, DAVID CAMERON, SAYING: "What I would say is there's a pathway through this to a deal in February. It's going to take a lot of hard work, but what I sensed tonight in the room, that there's a lot of goodwill, there is momentum, people want a deal that keeps Britain in the European Union by giving us that opportunity in our referendum. But a lot has got to be done between now and then." The talks were the first full talks on reform held by the 28-nation bloc. Officials said there was no row and the tone of the debate was constructive. But sensitive issues remain. Cameron is pitching four key demands, the fourth of which seeks to deny EU migrants in-work benefits for four years. This faces the most barriers. French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Cameron that EU principles, such as the freedom of movement, need to respected. Still, leaders say they want to help Cameron keep Britain in the EU. Britain is Europe's second biggest economy and one of its two top military powers. Compromise is needed, some leaders have said, but difficult negotiations lie ahead.

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Cameron pleads for leaders' help to keep Britain in EU

Friday, December 18, 2015 - 01:29