U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said Saturday in Downing Street that the U.K. is going to decide on June 23 whether to stay in the European Union or abandon the 28-countries partnership. He remarked that leaving Europe could lead the country to a risky economic and national security situation.
Cameron said that Great Britain can achieve great things, but explained that remaining united to a reformed Europe can help the nation to fight cross-border crime and terrorism. He added that Britain would be stronger in a reformed Europe, playing a leading role in making big decisions to determine the future of the region. Since the announcement, he has been encouraging voters to back his reform deal.
“Britain will be safer, stronger and better off by remaining in a reformed the European Union” Cameron, said outside his Number 10 Downing Street residence in London. “We are approaching one of the biggest decisions this country will face in our lifetimes”.
The plans for an EU reform include cutting bureaucracy, walk away from an “even closer union”, and cutting government benefits for migrants. According to Cameron, the deal will generate more jobs, lower prices and greater security for Britons if they remain within the E.U.
According to the European Union official website, the partnership offers more than economic union with the usage of the euro. Political union, human rights, equality, and transparent and democratic institutions also part of the alliance.
Some Conservative Members of parliament have already announced that they will defend the Cameron’s proposal. The Labour Party, Plaid Cymru and the Lib Dems also back the decision, said BBC News. It appears that Britons are split about the situation, according to opinion polls.
Angela Merkel and David Cameron met in Germany
The Britain prime minister is already on a tour of Europe in order to gain support from 27 European leaders. On Saturday, Merkel and Cameron met to discuss United Kingdom’s place in the European Union. According to the Chancellor of Germany, she wants to find a constructive solution.
Merkel said on Tuesday that Cameron’s demands were far from being demands that were just for Britain, and described them as European demands that are “justified and necessary”. In 123 days, British voters will make a choice. Cameron said that the results of the voting could shape the destiny of the country.