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".
Centrica's boss warns an EU referendum risks "total destabilisation" for businesses; the Next chief suggests that view is "scaremongering."
There will be sympathy, yes. But will they agree with him? No.
Conservative MPs said their "achievable" proposals to change Britain's role in Europe do not represent an ultimatum to the Prime Minister.