Source: Associated Press
BRUSSELS (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday pledged Britain will never become part of a “European superstate” thanks to a hard-fought deal for a less intrusive European Union which he hopes will sway voters in a referendum to keep the island nation in the 28-nation bloc.
The agreement Cameron won is a key stepping stone to the in-out referendum in Britain that could come as soon as this summer.
Cameron claimed that, under the deal, Britain would be allowed to stay on EU sidelines if other nations seek a closer union and has been guaranteed its social welfare would win more protection from unfair EU migrant claims. He also pledged the economy will prosper outside the euro area.
“This is enough for me to recommend that the United Kingdom remain in the European Union having the best of both worlds,” Cameron said after 31 hours of negotiations.