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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

British PM under pressure over EU referendum

British PM under pressure over EU referendum(London) – Prime Minister David Cameron is under further pressure over Europe when a senior lawmaker from his party said Britain should exit the EU if it failed to renegotiate its relationship. Liam Fox, the former defence minister, said Britain should be freed from “the dogma of ever closer union” with Europe, and called for a referendum on Britain’s ties to the European Union.
In a speech, he wanted Britain to “negotiate a new relationship with the EU based on economic rather than political considerations”. If Europe blocked the move Britain “would have no alternative but to recommend rejection and consider departure from the EU”, he said.
Cameron opened the door to the possibility of a referendum but said it should not happen yet and left open what the question posed should be. The prime minister faces mounting pressure from many members of his Conservative party for a referendum on a complete withdrawal from the EU, but knows that any such move would face strong opposition from his junior coalition partners, the more pro-Europe Liberal Democrats.

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