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Cameron to reject a bad EU deal

British Premier David Cameron wants a deal on EU reforms before holding a referendum. —PHOTO: AFP

British Premier David Cameron wants a deal on EU reforms before holding a referendum. —PHOTO: AFP  

British Prime Minister David Cameron warned on Thursday he will walk away from a “make or break” Brussels summit if he does not get the deal he wants to avoid his country becoming the first to crash out of the EU.

Mr. Cameron wants a deal on reforms to the 28-nation European Union before holding a referendum as early as June, but faces opposition from member states hostile to Britain getting special treatment just to keep it in the bloc.

“I’ll be battling for Britain. If we can get a good deal I’ll take that deal but I will not take a deal that doesn’t meet what we need,” Mr. Cameron told reporters as he arrived for the meeting.

“It’s much more important to get this right than to do anything in a rush,” he said.

Talks were going down to the wire on Mr. Cameron’s four key demands — welfare restrictions to help curb immigration, safeguards for non-euro Britain, increasing EU competitiveness and an opt-out from closer EU integration.

All of the demands are controversial, and EU president Donald Tusk, who will chair the two-day summit, warned that the talks were crucial to the future of the crisis-hit union. European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said he was “quite confident” of an agreement. — AFP

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