Britain's Cameron not expecting EU reform deal at summit

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Posted: Dec 03, 2015 11:57 AM

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron has said he does not expect to get an agreement on his plans to reform the European Union at a summit later this month.

Cameron's office said that he stressed the need for "legally binding, irreversible changes" for the EU during a phone call with Germany's Angela Merkel. But he said Thursday "the scale of what we are asking for means we will not resolve this in one go."

Britain will hold a referendum by the end of 2017 to decide whether it will leave the 28-nation bloc. Cameron wants to stay in — provided he can secure the changes he wants.

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The British proposals include giving member states more autonomy, such as the power to restrict benefits for EU immigrants coming to Britain.