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Cameron not expecting EU deal on British membership at summit




Prime Minister David Cameron is not expecting a deal at a summit this month in Brussels on his proposals to renegotiate Britain’s EU membership ahead of a referendum, Downing Street said Thursday.

“He noted that the scale of what we are asking for means we will not resolve this in one go and consequently he did not expect to get agreement at the December European Council,” a statement issued after a call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

Britain is due to hold a referendum before the end of 2017 on whether to leave the European Union or stay in, with the vote widely expected to take place next year.

Cameron last month laid out a list of demands to European leaders which includes a controversial bid to prevent EU migrants from claiming state benefits during their first four years in Britain.

The British leader has called the referendum a “once-in-a-generation” choice and says he wants to stay in the EU subject as long as he can secure the changes he wants to Britain’s relationship with Brussels.

However, Cameron has also warned he could call for Britain to leave the bloc if he does not get his way.

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