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Cemeron shows thumbs-up for Special Status in EU

Sat, Feb 20, 2016, 10:47 AM
British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday gestures thumbs-up as he addresses the media after a European Union leaders’ summit in Brussels, Belgium, gave the island nation the Special Status to coninue in the EU.

Cameron hailed the landmark deal he said gave Britain `special status' in the EU and pledged to campaign heart and soul to stay in the union at a deeply uncertain referendum expected in June.

With this, Britain has the cake and eats it, too, owing to its clout with the US, that makes it attractive in Europe.

At a summit that ran into overtime, EU leaders agreed unanimously on a package of measures aimed at keeping Britain in the 28-nation bloc to avoid a potentially disastrous divorce.

The legally binding decision granted Britain an explicit exemption from the founding goal of `ever closer union', and offered concessions on the welfare rights of migrant workers and safeguards for the City of London financial centre.

The Prime Minister said he had achieved all his main negotiating aims and would recommend the agreement to his cabinet on Saturday, firing the starting gun on a fierce referendum campaign on Britain’s future membership of the bloc.

`I believe we are stronger, safer and better off inside a reformed European Union,' he told a news conference. `And that is why I will be campaigning with all my heart and soul to persuade the British people to remain in the reformed European union that we have secured today.'

The Eurosceptic `Vote Leave' campaign was quick to dismiss what it called `Cameron’s hollow deal' as bad for Britain.

Cameron would not officially confirm the expected polling date of June 23, but said he would make an announcement soon.
Agency: Ap7am Desk

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