UK Takes Hard Line on EU Reform + Video

Fri May 29, 2015 12:12:55

British Prime Minister David Cameron met with French President Francois Hollande on Thursday, as he began a whirlwind visit to four European capitals, pressing his case that the UK needs to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union.

Speaking in Paris at the Elysee Palace before a dinner, Cameron urged the bloc's 27 other members to be "flexible" and "imaginative" about the EU's future - saying that his priority is "to make it more competitive and to address the concerns of the British people about our membership."

David Cameron, British Prime Minister said, "My priority is to reform the European Union to make it more competitive and to address the concerns of the British people about our membership. The status quo is not good enough."

David Cameron, British Prime Minister added, "We want to help the eurozone work better and we do not want to stand in the way of closer integration. So we have different priorities but we share a common objective, which is to find solutions to these problems. And what matters is that the European Union and its 28 members are flexible and imaginative enough to respond to these issues."

Francois Hollande, French President announced, "France wishes that the UK remains in the European Union. There will be a referendum, it was announced and it will be up to the British people to decide without appeal what it wants for its future. We think it's the interest of Europe and the interest of the United Kingdom to be together, but we respect the decision of the people."

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