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David Cameron: EU Membership Should Be Up To British People

Wed, January 23, 2013 8:00pm

Story by Vicki Barker

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British Prime Minister David Cameron delivered a long-awaited speech on Britain's relationship to the European Union on Wednesday. Cameron is under pressure from the growing U.K. Independence Party to pull Britain out of the EU and he has said he is seeking "fresh consent" from the British public to continue in the EU on "renegotiated" terms. He promised to hold a referendum on whether Britain should withdraw if his party retains power after elections in 2015. If the U.K. pulls out, it would weaken the EU significantly. But it could also diminish Britain's clout and that of its closest ally, the United States

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