Prime Minister Gordon Brown has ruled out Britain holding a referendum on the new EU treaty. This comes after talks with his Portuguese counterpart, in London. European Union president Portugal wants a treaty conference launched this month. Brown makes clear that British support of an EU compromise hinges on detailed conditions: “The work of the next few months (is) to ensure what were ‘red lines’ for Britain are in detail part of the treaty and if that were the case, then I would see no reason to recommend to the British people that there should be a referendum.” Jose Socrates also stressed that security would be a top priority during Portugal’s six months at the EU helm. “Europe needs more police cooperation to face the threat of terrorism,” he said.