UK PM to give final warning in Brussels on possible EU exit

British Prime Minister David Cameron to release his strongest warning to European Union stating that if bloc disagrees with his demands country will hold referendum over EU membership

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David Cameron speaking at a press conference in Brussels.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron is ready for any possibility, including an exit from the European Union, UK media said on Saturday.

Cameron will deliver his demands on the reform of the bloc, in a letter to the President of the European Council Donald Tusk on Tuesday.

In the same day, it is expected that he will announce that If he does not reach an agreement with the EU, he will turn a new page and the country could head for a referendum.

"If we can't reach such an agreement, and if Britain's concerns were to be met with a deaf ear, which I do not believe will happen, then we will have to think again about whether this European Union is right for us. As I have said before - I rule nothing out," Cameron said, according to the UK media.

Also, media claimed that after the meeting Cameron will state that, "Those who believe we should stay in the EU at all costs need to explain why Britain should accept the status quo. I am clear that there are real problems with this."

A British official stated that Cameron will make a good deal for Britain and solve the problems which need to be solved. He believes that the process will go along very well and the needed steps will be taken.

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.

According to the latest poll from ICM between 30 October and 1 November, 44 percent of British citizens wanted to stay as a member of EU and that 38 percent were against EU membership. It also found 18 percent were undecided.

Another research was held by YouGov and Eurotrack carried out between 22–27 October, found 40 percent voted for leaving, while 40 percent favored staying and 17 percent were undecided.

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