British Prime Minister David Cameron has described himself as a ‘sceptic’ when it comes to Europe, though he said it is the best thing for the UK to remain part of the EU.
Speaking at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet at Guildhall in London, Cameron said the eurozone crisis had provided a chance to rethink the way the EU works and how his country fits into it.
“What kind of Europe do we actually want? For me, the answer is clear. One with the flexibility of a network, not the rigidity of a bloc. European countries account for 50 per cent of our trade and much of our inward investment. Leaving the EU is not in our national interest,” he said to his fellow diners.
The right-wing British National Party and UK Independence Party held a protest outside the parliamentary vote on whether to hold a referendum on EU membership three weeks ago. The proposal was defeated with more than three times the number of MPs opting for no referendum.