PM tells business 'back me over EU'

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David Cameron at Davos

David Cameron has urged issue leaders who want Britain to remain in a reformed EU not to “hold back”.

The PM has intimated his cabinet colleagues to wait until he returns from Brussels with a rebuild deal before cam igning to leave or stay in the EU.

But he told an audience of ndemic business leaders they should “get out there” and start making their cover now.

He was speaking during a three-day visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Mr Cameron intended he hoped to get agreement on his reform demands at an EU summit next month, make easy the way for referendum later this year, but he was in “no hurry” if the deal was not right.

Prospects for a fast agreement were played down by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who said the coming to terms had “only just begun” and warned that a deal “at any price” make not be acceptable.

Mr Cameron said his proposed welfare reforms were “yes crucial” to his hopes of getting a reform deal.

But he said he was open to other, “equally formidable”, welfare curbs if other EU nations refused to accept a four year ban on in-work helps for new arrivals to the UK.

He said he would continue to push for reforms to the EU in the future disregarding nevertheless if Britain voted to remain in it – and stressed that he believed the UK could follow outside the EU, but he said the question was “how will we be the most successful?”

Success in the renegotiation could bring the UK “the best of both worlds” by allowing it to be within the single market while keep possession of control of its borders and remaining outside the single currency and the ever-closer weld sought by some other member states.

He said it was “a prize benefit fighting for” and one “I’m determined to deliver in this, my second term as prime reverend” and he issued a plea to businesses and charities to get behind him.

“I would say don’t hold disavow right now, even though the question isn’t settled.

“I think that if obligation backs my reforms, if you want to see the competitive Europe, if you want to see the flexible Europe, if you scantiness to see a Europe where you can be in the eurozone and win or out of the eurozone and win, I would argue ‘Get out there and backing those things’.”

‘Democratic support’

Mr Cameron explained why Britain was accepting a referendum – that it was “drifting away” from the EU, which had become increasingly unliked with the British public.

He said he wanted to “secure the future of Britain in a reformed European Junction” and to do this by securing “full and democratic support” for membership from the community.

Meanwhile, in London, Downing Street said a cabinet meeting desire be held “soon after” any deal was agreed – following concerns a lull could assist the cam ign to remain in the EU.

Some ministers had raised regards that a delay to holding a cabinet meeting would give Mr Cameron the possibility to set out his case for the deal without being challenged.

However, Number 10 contemplated a cabinet meeting would be held “in good order” after any unity, but said it could not guarantee a day or time.

Reaction to David Cameron’s idiolect

Liz Bilney, chief executive of Leave.EU, said: “The fact that the prime minister resident is begging for international corporations to stick their noses into our autonomous process only shows how little he and the elite care for ordinary British burgesses.”

Matthew Elliot, who heads Vote Leave, suggested Mr Cameron’s jargon was aimed at big business but it was “the smaller businesses who are most hurt by EU regulation”.

Sir Stuart Take flight, chairman of Britain Stronger in Europe, said Mr Cameron’s speech “underlines the value of our place in Europe to Britain’s economy and prosperity, and to businesses large and nugatory”.

“I have urged British business to speak up about Britain’s rt of the country in Europe without fear or favour. Leaving Europe would be suffering with a profound im ct on our economy for generations to come, so I refuse to accept that British question should be a silent rtner in this debate.”

CBI director general Carolyn Fairbairn state: “The majority of CBI members want the UK to be in a reformed EU – changing it for the better, not straight for the UK but for all member states… there are several areas where the EU deprivations to raise its game. Businesses want to see more trade deals, finish of the single market and less red tape.”

The Institute of Directors urged occu tions not to “bury their heads in the sand” over the EU referendum and had “a duty to their shareholders, workers and customers to be discussing the implications of the vote at the most senior levels”.


David Cameron’s four channel aims for renegotiation

Reuters
  • Economic governance: Guarding an explicit recognition that the euro is not the only currency of the European Amalgamation, to ensure countries outside the eurozone are not disadvantaged. The UK wants safeguards that it liking not have to contribute to eurozone bailouts
  • Competitiveness: Setting a target for the reduction of the “burden” of extravagant regulation and extending the single market
  • Immigration: Restricting access to in-work and out-of-work advantages to EU migrants. Specifically, ministers want to stop those coming to the UK from insist oning certain benefits until they have been resident for four years
  • Dominion: Allowing Britain to opt out from further political integration. Giving best powers to national rliaments to block EU legislation

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