British PM sets out key demands for EU reform

London, Nov 10 (IANS) British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday formally launched his bid to renegotiate Britain’s membership in the European Union, setting out his four key demands for EU reform.

Cameron has written to Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, to tell him his demands, Xinhua reported.

Cameron is also scheduled to deliver a major speech on Tuesday to urge the EU to meet his demands ahead of an “in or out” referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU.

In the speech, Cameron is expected to stress his four demands: Protecting the single market for Britain and others outside the eurozone; exempting Britain from “ever-closer union” and bolstering national parliaments; limiting EU migrants’ benefits in Britain;, and enhancing competitiveness in the EU.

On Monday, Cameron said he had “no emotional attachment” to the EU institutions and wanted to “debunk” the idea Britain could not survive outside the EU.

Addressing a national business conference, he said he was not satisfied with the status quo and Britain had to renegotiate its deal with Europe.

If I get the changes, I would campaign “vigorously” to stay in the EU, Cameron said, adding if not, I would “rule nothing out.”

Cameron has pledged to hold a referendum on whether Britain should withdraw from the EU by 2017.

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