EU speech due on Wednesday

Downing Street says David Cameron's speech on Europe will be delivered in central London on Wednesday.

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Date for PM's key speech on Europe to be announced

The date of David Cameron's delayed speech on Britain's future relations with the European Union will be announced by Downing Street today.

David Cameron will deliver a key speech on Europe. Credit: REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

The Prime Minister abandoned his planned address in the Netherlands last Friday due to the Algerian hostage crisis.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said the speech would go ahead this week.

Mr Cameron will warn that Britain could "drift towards the exit from the EU unless there are changes in Brussels, according to advance extracts released last week.

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Prime Minister to give EU speech next week

David Cameron will deliver his long-awaited speech about relations with the European Union in the coming week, Foreign Secretary William Hague said today.

After months of speculation, Cameron had been scheduled to deliver the speech on Friday in the Netherlands, but it was postponed because of a hostage crisis in Algeria.

"It will happen in the coming week. We will make an announcement about exactly when and where tomorrow," Hague told the BBC.

Cameron: Europe 'must change' to deliver prosperity

David Cameron has warned that changes within the European Union need to be made to three key areas:

  • Eurozone crisis
  • Economic competitiveness
  • Dramatically declining public support

Details of Mr Cameron's Europe speech, due to be made this morning and postponed due to the hostage crisis in Algeria, were released by Downing Street.

The Prime Minister was planning to say that Europe "must change, both to deliver prosperity and to retain the support of its peoples".

White House: America values a strong UK in the EU

Prime Minister David Cameron set our his proposed speech to the president yesterday afternoon.

According to the White House, President Barack Obama maintained the pressure on the Prime Minister in the call.

The president underscored our close alliance with the United Kingdom and said that the United States values a strong UK in a strong European Union, which makes critical contributions to peace, prosperity, and security in Europe and around the world.

– White House spokesman

Cameron: 'I want the EU to be a success'

Extracts from a speech that David Cameron was planning to make this morning have been released by Downing Street.

In it, the Prime Minister said that he wanted Britain to have a place in the European Union, but warned that unless issues are resolved, the British public will drift away.

If we don't address these challenges, the danger is that Europe will fail and the British people will drift towards the exit.

I do not want that to happen. I want the European Union to be a success and I want a relationship between Britain and the EU that keeps us in it.

– Extracts from David Cameron's Europe speech, which was postponed

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Cameron: 'British people will drift towards the exit'

Prime Minister David Cameron has warned that Britain could leave the European Union if concerns about its membership are not resolved.

In a speech Mr Cameron was planning to make today, extracts show that he wants the UK to play a 'committed and active' part in the future of the EU.

The Prime Minister's long-awaited speech was postponed last night. Credit: Alastair Grant/PA Wire

The Prime Minister was also planning to warn that if changes are not made, "the British people will drift towards the exit".

Any indication as to whether Mr Cameron intended to commit himself to an in/out referendum on British membership of the EU were not revealed by Downing Street.

The Prime Minister's long-awaited speech was postponed last night, after he decided he should stay in London to deal with the Algeria hostage crisis fallout.

Obama reiterates UK-EU stance in Cameron call

President Obama and his administration have been vocal on Britain's role in Europe. Credit: Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

President Obama reiterated America's desire for Britain to remain a key player in the European Union during his phone call with David Cameron today.

The call, during which the leaders discussed the Algerian hostage crisis, saw Mr Cameron outline his stance on Britain's role in Europe ahead of a keynote speech in Amsterdam, which was later postponed due to the kidnappings.

The White House confirmed: "The President underscored our close alliance with the United Kingdom and said that the United States values a strong UK in a strong European Union, which makes critical contributions to peace, prosperity, and security in Europe and around the world."

PM talks European policy with Obama and Hollande

David Cameron discussed his speech and European policy in today's phone calls with US president Barack Obama and French president Francois Hollande, the Prime Minister's official spokesman has said.

The US assistant secretary for European affairs, Philip Gordon, last week made it clear the Obama administration wanted "a strong British voice" in the EU and said referendums risked turning countries "inward".

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