PM: ‘We’re bet­ter off in Europe’

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PRIME Min­is­ter David Cameron hailed the pack­age of pro­posed re­forms to Bri­tain’s mem­ber­ship of the EU yes­ter­day.

He said the deal will al­low the UK to be “bet­ter off, more se­cure, more pros­per­ous” as a mem­ber of the 28 na­tion bloc.

It set the scene for an in/out ref­er­en­dum within a mat­ter of months.

Mr Cameron said the pro­pos­als drafted by Euro­pean Coun­cil pres­i­dent Don­ald Tusk were “some­thing worth fight­ing for”, and were good enough that he “sure would” back Bri­tain join­ing the EU un­der th­ese terms, if it was not al­ready a mem­ber.

The changes – which of­fer an “emer­gency brake” on mi­grant wel­fare, pro­tec­tions for non-eu­ro­zone states and a le­gal-bind­ing as­sur­ance that the UK is not ex­pected to pur­sue in­te­gra­tion through “ever-closer union” – of­fered Bri­tain “the best of both worlds”.

Mr Cameron added: “I think we will be able to show...that on bal­ance Bri­tain is bet­ter off, more se­cure, more pros­per­ous, has a bet­ter chance of suc­cess in this re­formed Euro­pean Union.

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