Cameron points to 'Brexit' deal next year

18th December 2015, Comments 0 comments

British Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday he believes he will get an accord next year on his "Brexit" reform demands, clearing the way for his promised in-out referendum on EU membership.

Cameron said after an EU summit in Brussels that his government will achieve a breakthrough next year in his drive to reform the 28-nation bloc and then encourage British voters to remain inside.

"I believe that 2016 will be the year we achieve something really vital, fundamentally changing the UK's relationship with the EU and finally addressing the concerns of the British people about our membership," Cameron told a press conference.

"Then it will be for the British people to decide whether we will remain or leave," he said, at the end of a two-day summit dominated by the migrant crisis and his Brexit talks with EU leaders.

On Thursday, Cameron hailed "good progress" toward a reform deal with his European Union peers but warned there would be hard work to seal an accord by February as hoped.

Cameron appealed to his EU colleagues to work with him on his demands, which include a controversial freeze on benefits for EU migrants, before he holds a referendum on a possible "Brexit" by the end of 2017.

© 2015 AFP

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