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Herman Van Rompuy, President of the EU Council of Ministers has issued a warning to David Cameron over his plans to 're-define' the UK's relationship with Europe:
Mr Van Rompuy has said that there was no impending need for treaty change between the UK and EU, but denied suggestions by Lord Mandelson that that meant he had "shot Mr Cameron's fox".
Addressing the Policy Network EU conference in London Mr Van Rompuy continued: "Leaving the (EU) club altogether is legally possible" but it would be "a most complicated and impractical affair.
Herman Van Rompuy has warned David Cameron that his campaign for a fresh European Union settlement for Britain was neither liked nor feared by other leaders and was unlikely to win support.
The president of the EU Council of Ministers, told a London conference that the issue raised by the Prime Minister's recent speech promising an "in/out referendum" under a future Tory Government was "not just a matter between London and Brussels."
He said: "The wish to redefine your country's relationship with the Union has not gone unnoticed.
"I cannot speak on behalf of the other presidents and prime ministers but I presume they neither particularly like it nor particularly fear it."