David Cameron ‘delighted’ EU renegotiation under way
26 June 2015
From the section UK Politics
David Cameron set out his aims to his EU counterparts in Brussels
David Cameron says he is delighted the process of “reform and renegotiation” of the UK’s membership of the EU is “properly under way”.
The PM was speaking in the early hours after formally setting out his aims to EU counterparts in Brussels.
“People always say to me these things aren’t possible…. Once again we have proved we will get them done,” he said.
European Council President Donald Tusk said there was a will to help the UK, but basic values “were not for sale”.
‘Safe for all’
Mr Cameron wants to reform the UK’s membership of the EU before holding an in/out referendum of the British public by the end of 2017.
He addressed fellow EU leaders at a summit dominated by the migrant crisis and Greek debt crisis.
This doesn’t look like a man on a mission who is determined to achieve something whoever he upsetsNigel Farage, UKIP leader
Mr Tusk, who will oversee the membership negotiations, said talks would now start, before adding: “One thing should be clear from the very beginning: the fundamental values of the European Union are not for sale and so are non-negotiable.
“We should consider British concerns, but only in a way which will be safe for all of Europe. We’ll come back to this in December.”
‘Battle of wills’
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said he agreed with the idea of a “more efficient” and “less bureaucratic” Europe.
“For this reason, the battle of wills is also our fight, our goal, our commitment,” he said.
“We have some different ideas to those proposed by David, but tonight David simply presented his project of referendum.
“We agreed that at …read more
Source:: BBC UK