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Cameron 'determined' to deliver EU reform for Britain

David Cameron is meeting European leaders today for the first time since securing his re-election.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, the prime minister said it was an opportunity to start some of the discussions about the reform of the European Union.

"There will be ups and downs, you'll hear one day this is possible, the next day something else is impossible".

He added that one thing that will be constant is his "determination to deliver for the British people a reform of the European Union so they get a proper choice in that referendum".

Cameron warns EU reform talks will not be easy or quick

David Cameron has made it clear he will start talks to renegotiate the terms of Britain's EU membership "in earnest" in the margins of today's European summit.

"These talks will not be easy. They will not be quick. There will be different views and disagreements along the way," the Prime Minister warned.

David Cameron will meet European leaders for the first time since his re-election. Credit: PA Wire

"But by working together in the right spirit and sticking at it, I believe we can find solutions that will address the concerns of the British people and improve the EU as a whole," he said.

"After all we are not alone in wanting to make the EU work better for people across Europe. And that is what I'm determined to do."

Cameron to open talks with European Union leaders

David Cameron will today meet European leaders for the first time since securing his re-election with a mandate to renegotiate Britain's EU membership then stage an in/out referendum.

The Prime Minister has said the summit in the Latvian capital, Riga, would see the start "in earnest" of negotiations which could determine whether the UK remains a member of the 28-nation bloc.

David Cameron will meet European leaders for the first time since his re-election. Credit: Matt Dunham/PA Wire

With the prospect that the recent General Election could have resulted in Labour-led government opposed to such a referendum, other EU leaders had been reluctant to have detailed discussions before May 7.

But with Cameron now firmly committed to staging a referendum before the end of 2017, they are likely to be anxious about establishing exactly what changes the Prime Minister seeks.

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Mark Carney: EU referendum 'should happen soon'

An referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union should take place "as soon as necessary", the Bank of England governor has said.

Mark Carney said businesses are continuing to invest and hire despite political uncertainty connected to either the recent election or future referendum but added that: "It's in the interests of everybody that there is clarity about the process and the question and the decision."

The Conservatives have pledged to have a vote on the issue before the end of 2017. Asked if the referendum had resulted in uncertainty among business bosses, Mr Carney told BBC Radio 4's Today programme:

We talk to a lot of bosses and there has been an awareness of some of this political uncertainty - whether because of the election or because of the referendum.

What they've been telling us, and we see it in the statistics, is they have not yet acted on that uncertainty - or to put it another way, they are continuing to invest, they are continuing to hire.

– Mark Carney

Asked why productivity has not therefore increased, Mr Carney said: "It should start to move up.

"One of the big advantages this economy has is access to the European market. It's the largest economy in the world, it's our largest per destination, it's our largest investor in the United Kingdom."

Asked if he meant he would like to see the referendum sooner rather than later, Mr Carney said: "As soon as necessary. That's as much as you're going to get."

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