Cameron Pledges Referendum on EU

    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron walks past a map of Europe on a screen as he walks away after making a speech on holding a referendum on staying in the European Union in London, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. Cameron said Wednesday he will offer British citizens a vote on whether to leave the European Union if his party wins the next election, a move which could trigger alarm among fellow member states. He acknowledged that public disillusionment with the EU is "at an all-time high," using a long-awaited speech in central London to say that the terms of Britain's membership in the bloc should be revised and the country's citizens should have a say. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    Cameron speaks of EU referendum on Wednesday. (Matt Dunham/AP)

    British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged on Wednesday to hold a referendum in the first half of the next Parliament to whether the country will stay in the European Union. “It is time to settle this European question in British politics,” Cameron said. “I say to the British people: this is your decision.” Cameron said he will personally fight to stay in the EU, but he nonetheless called for Britain to have a better relationship with Brussels and argued for a more “flexible, willing cooperation” for all members. His speech has already drawn criticism on the continent, where French and German leaders said Britain cannot “cherry-pick” EU membership.

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