Britain to vote on whether to remain in EU in June

Prime Minister David Cameron said on Saturday he would
hold a referendum on Britain’s membership of the
European Union on June 23.
“I will go to parliament and propose that the British
people decide our future in Europe through an in-out
referendum on Thursday, the 23rd of June,” he said.
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“My recommendation is clear. I believe that Britain will be
safer and stronger and better off in a reformed European
Union.”
Cameron, speaking outside his Number 10 Downing
Street residence, clinched a deal with other European
Union leaders at a summit in Brussels which he hopes
will keep the country in the bloc that Britain joined in
1973.
He met his cabinet on Saturday morning which agreed
that the government’s position would be to recommend
that Britain remains in the EU.
“Let me be clear. Leaving Europe would threaten our
economic and our national security. Those who want to
leave Europe cannot tell you if British businesses will be
able to access Europe’s free trade single market, or if
working people’s jobs are safe, or how much prices
would rise. All they’re offering is a risk at a time of
uncertainty, a leap in the dark,” he said.
Cameron hailed a deal clinched with other European
Union leaders as granting Britain special status and said
he would campaign hard to convince voters to stay in the
EU.
“Our plan for Europe gives us the best of both worlds. It
underlines our special status, through which families
across Britain get all the benefits of being in the European
Union including more jobs, lower prices, and greater
security. But our special status also means we are out of
those parts of Europe that do not work for us. So we will
never join the euro, we will never be part of euro zone
bailouts, never be part of the passport-free, no borders
area, or an European army, or an EU super state,”
Cameron said.
The legally-binding agreement reached in Brussels late on
Friday (February 19) granted Britain an explicit exemption
from the founding goal of “ever closer union”, offered
concessions on the welfare rights of migrant workers and
safeguards for the City of London.
A British exit from the EU would rock the Union – already
shaken by differences over migration and the future of the
euro zone – by ripping away its second-largest economy,
one of its top two military powers and by far its richest
financial centre.
Pro-Europeans warn an exit could also trigger the break-
up of the United Kingdom by prompting another Scottish
independence vote. The $2.9 trillion British economy
would face years of uncertain negotiations over the terms
of a divorce.
Opponents of EU membership say Britain would prosper
outside what they say is a doomed Germany-dominated
bloc that punches way below its weight on the world
stage.

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