Vatican wants Britain to stay in European Union

British exit from European Union would weaken Europe, says Vatican's foreign minister

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A general view of St. Peter square

Vatican Foreign Secretary Archbishop Paul Gallagher said on Wednesday that his country wants Britain to remain in the European Union.

"I think we would see it as being something that is not going to make a stronger Europe'', the archbishop said regarding the possible exit of Britain from the EU.

However he added, "The Holy See respects the ultimate decision of the British people - that's for the British electorate to decide."

British Prime Minister David Cameron has promised that a referendum will be held concerning the EU membership of Britain by the end of 2017.

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.

British Prime Minister David Cameron gave into his ministers to allow them to campaign both for or against exit EU in the forthcoming referendum.

Chris Grayling, the leader of the House of Commons lower chamber of parliament, indicated last week that he could be against the United Kingdom’s membership in the EU if the Union ignored Cameron's "demands for change” in the bloc.

Meanwhile, a new opinion poll shows that the British people support the government's decision to leave the EU.  

According to the latest poll from Survation between 15-16 January, 38 percent of British citizens wanted to continue being a member of the EU and that 42 percent were against EU membership. It also found that 20 percent were undecided.

Another survey was conducted by Panelbase which was carried out between 8-14 January, found that 45 percent voted in favour of leaving the EU while 42 percent favoured staying, while 12 percent were undecided.

TRTWorld and agencies