UK cannot commit to the EU while Cameron 'is looking for his coat'

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".

How do you convince a room full of people, when you keep your hand on the door handle? How to encourage a friend to change, if your eyes are searching for your coat?

– Herman Van Rompuy

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.

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PM warned over EU poll

EU Council of Ministers president Herman Van Rompuy has warned David Cameron that his campaign for a fresh EU settlement for Britain was neither liked nor feared by other leaders and was unlikely to win support.