British Prime Minister, David Cameron said his renegotiation process to strengthen Britain’s ties with the European Union was “bloody hard work” and he would not be rushed in regards to deciding a date for a referendum on membership, The Sunday Telegraph reported.
Before an annual meeting of his ruling Conservative Party, Cameron called on his lawmakers and supporters to be patient on the EU issue.
For at least a generation, Cameron’s party has been suffering from an internal conflict regarding the EU issue, which has caused the downfall of two conservative prime ministers, Margaret Thatcher and John Mayor.
In 2013, Cameron had promised a referendum on the EU membership by the end of 2017, due to the pressure from lawmakers who feared that the anti-EU UK Independence Party might win the elections. However, analysts and campaigners believe that the referendum could be called next year.
Cameron demanded his EU counterparts let Britain cut in-work benefits for employees coming in from other EU member states and prevent London from implementing certain eurozone rules believed to harm British interests.
He said his EU counterparts would have “plenty of time” to think on his requests regarding a new relationship with Brussels. According to a research from Open Europe think tank on Friday, one in five of Cameron’s lawmakers is likely to vote against the EU.
Cameron has said to his supporters that he will reach a deal with the EU that will provide Britain “the best of both worlds” and “the benefits of the single market," The Sunday Times reported.
Although Cameron prefers to stay in a reformed EU, he has said he would rule nothing out if he cannot secure his demands.
In his new biography written by Michael Ashcroft, Cameron on many occasions said he did not want to leave the EU.
The book also said German Chancellor, Angela Merkel criticised Cameron, believing he made a serious error in pushing for a new EU deal for Britain.