While in the past year the British Prime Minister threatened to exit the EU if Brussels did not agree to some of his demands, now Cameron says that leaving the Union is not a solution.
David Cameron’s handlers have made him capitulate on his threat to take Britain out of the European Union, although the territory is not fully incorporated into the EU political framework.
British Prime Minister David Cameron, said Sunday that a hypothetical departure from the European Union, popularly called Brexit, “would not be the solution,” but insisted that the government “will do everything possible to facilitate this “if” it is decided by the people “in the referendum to be held in late 2017.
In an interview with the BBC, the ‘Conservative’ leader has expressed his desire to reach an agreement at the next meeting scheduled for February 18 on the reforms posed by his government and the conditions being demanded by Brussels.
“I do not think Brexit is the solution, but if they think that’s the answer I would do everything necessary to make this possible”, said Cameron when asked if the government “is prepared for the possibility of leaving the EU.”
“I hope that we reach an agreement in February, and that we can carry out the referendum. That’s what I’d like to see,” said Cameron, who has made it clear that the vote could be delayed if an agreement at the European Council next month is not achieved.
Cameron reiterated that he favors staying in a “reformed EU” but insisted he would not rule out leaving the Euro bloc if he does not get the reforms he desires.
The head of the British government seeks to revise the protection afforded by the Single Market to members who do not use the euro and proposed changes in Community rules in order to increase competitiveness.
Cameron has said in the interview that the agreement to reform the EU is near, although he it is open to alternative solutions to the thorny issue of limiting the social benefits of other European citizens who have not contributed at least four years in the UK.
“We have a welfare system, as few in Europe, and by facilitating immediate access to the system it might create many difficulties to the model,” pointed the British leader.
While a victory for the yes to exiting from the EU by the British people in the referendum would be a major setback for the Conservative leader, Cameron has made it clear on Sunday that he will not resign as Prime Minister whatever the outcome, as the query, he say, “is not about his political future or on any other future leader”.