EU summit begins to reach deal for Britain

Europan Union summit begins to reach a deal for Britain demands

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Photo by: Reuters

British Prime Minister David Cameron attends meeting with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny during a European Union leaders summit addressing the talks about the so-called Brexit and the migrants crisis, in Brussels, Belgium, February 19, 2016.

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday that passionate work and good wishes should help him to clinch an agreement at a European Union summit as best chance to prevent Britain from leaving the bloc.

The latest version of agreement has been sent to EU leaders, suggesting many ways to go differences through on the contradictive points of Cameron’s renegotiation, refugee flow and financial safeguards in particular, but many parts of the agreement still open for discussion.

Cameroon seeks to end the week in Brussels in order to reach a deal that he can call victory, then take a start  campaigning to keep Britain in the EU before a referandum probably expected to be held in June.

"We've got some important work to do today and tomorrow, and it's going to be hard. I'll be battling for Britain. If we can get a good deal, I'll take that deal, but I will not take a deal that doesn't meet what we need," Cameron said as he arrived at the two-day summit.

"I think it's much more important to get this right than to do anything in a rush, but with goodwill, with hard work, we can get a better deal for Britain," Cameron told reporters.

The British society is divided over whether Britain should remain in EU, but opinion polls show the ‘out’ campaing getting ahead for now. Because of this Cameron is keen to hold the referandum as soon as possible.

However, some EU leaders agreed with Cameron’s optimistic ideas to reach a possible deal. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that besides some differences, she had "the attitude that we gladly want to do everything to create the conditions so Britain can remain a part of the European Union".

But French President Francois Hollande told reporters that  "I hope that Great Britain will stay in the European Union, but I especially hope that we all advance together and that no one, no head of government can stop that,"

EU officials have said that some of leaders still worry about Cameron’s demand that could encourage other bloc countries to seek any change for their membership on some issues such as refugee crisis.


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