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PM Cameron and EC Juncker begin talks to renegotiate UK EU membership

Tuesday, May 26th 2015 - 06:52 UTC
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Talks between Cameron and Juncker on Monday had focused on “reforming the EU and renegotiating the UK's relationship with it”, the No 10 spokesman said. Talks between Cameron and Juncker on Monday had focused on “reforming the EU and renegotiating the UK's relationship with it”, the No 10 spokesman said.
“The prime minister underlined that the British people are not happy with the status quo and believe that the EU needs to change” “The prime minister underlined that the British people are not happy with the status quo and believe that the EU needs to change”
“Mr. Juncker reiterated that he wanted to find a fair deal for the UK and would seek to help. They talked at some length in the spirit of finding solutions” “Mr. Juncker reiterated that he wanted to find a fair deal for the UK and would seek to help. They talked at some length in the spirit of finding solutions”

David Cameron has told European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker that “British people are not happy with the status quo” in Europe. The prime minister hosted Mr. Juncker at Chequers at the start of a week of efforts to renegotiate Britain's EU membership.

 The EC president “reiterated that he wanted to find a fair deal for the UK”, said a No 10 spokesman after the talks. The PM has promised to hold an “in-out” referendum by the end of 2017.

Earlier, No 10 confirmed UK-based citizens from most EU countries would not get a vote. The eligibility rules will be broadly the same as for a general election, rather than for local or European polls.

The talks between PM Cameron and Juncker on Monday had focused on “reforming the EU and renegotiating the UK's relationship with it”, the No 10 spokesman said.

“The prime minister underlined that the British people are not happy with the status quo and believe that the EU needs to change in order to better address their concerns,” the spokesman said.

“Mr. Juncker reiterated that he wanted to find a fair deal for the UK and would seek to help. They talked through the issue at some length in the spirit of finding solutions to these problems.

”They agreed that more discussion would be needed, including with other leaders, on the best way forward.”

Over the coming days, Mr Cameron will travel to France, Germany, Denmark, Poland and the Netherlands to hold talks with European leaders. And on Thursday, legislation on the voting eligibility for the referendum will be introduced to Parliament via the EU Referendum Bill.

Earlier, No 10 confirmed UK-based citizens from most EU countries would not get a vote. Irish citizens in the UK will be eligible, while residents from two other EU nations - Malta and Cyprus - also qualify, along with others from the Commonwealth. In total, about 46 million people will be able to take part.

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  • Conqueror

    When will the EU and Cameron understand? Okay, he's making a try. But the deal that the people of the UK want is trade. Just trade. Nothing else. Then the EU can stop telling us what to do, how to do it and taking our money. £53-55 million a DAY! For what? There is little or nothing in for the ordinary person.

    May 26th, 2015 - 10:02 am 0
  • Porkchop

    Only last year Angela Merkel said: “The fall of the Wall showed us that dreams can come true. Nothing has to stay as it is.”

    Fast forward 6 months and she's changed her tune. Europe must stay as it is.

    The choice is either like it or lump it. I for one am more than happy to lump it. Roll on referendum day!

    May 26th, 2015 - 10:14 am 0
  • Voice

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    You may like to dwell only in the UK and not have free movement across Europe and have the preference to work or live outside of your little world....
    I... like many others are not so parochial and enjoy the rights to purchase property and live in a choice of many countries without any restrictions....

    May 26th, 2015 - 11:56 am 0
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