Cameron Launches EU Reform Drive, Admits Will Not Be Easy

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British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday he was confident of winning concessions from European Union leaders before he asks voters whether Britain should stay in the bloc.

After his Conservative Party won an unexpected majority in a May 7 election, Cameron is committed to renegotiating Britain’s EU ties before holding the referendum by the end of 2017.

Cameron held initial talks with some EU leaders at a summit of EU and ex-Soviet states in the Latvian capital on Friday, admitting that his proposals had not received a unanimous welcome.

“I’m not going to say I was met with a wall of love,” Cameron told a news conference after the talks. “We have some serious problems with the way the current European set-up works … and we should be able to discuss them.”

“I am confident of an outcome. It is not going to be easy, these are difficult problems we are grappling with,” Cameron said.

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