UK's Cameron seeks fundamental change in EU

AP News
Posted: Jan 14, 2013 12:07 PM

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron says he hopes to negotiate fundamental changes in his country's membership of the European Union which can then be put to the country in a referendum.

He is expected to lay out plans for his views on Britain's relationship with the EU in a speech on Friday in the Netherlands.

Ahead of the long-awaited speech, Cameron told BBC radio on Monday that he does not favor an immediate in-or-out vote on membership in the EU, saying that is a false choice.

Cameron says he favors staying in the 27-member EU and that he is confident of achieving changes which would make membership more comfortable for Britain.

Sharp divisions over Europe have long led to fractures in Cameron's Conservative Party.