PM defends EU membership

Prime Minister David Cameron said membership of international organisations such as NATO, the United Nations and the EU is "not a national vanity - it is in our national interest".

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Cameron has 'very clear vision' of what Britain wants

Prime Minister David Cameron will make a speech in Essex later today. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Prime Minister David Cameron will today insist he has a "very clear vision" of the country he wants to live in, where everyone has opportunities.

Turning to Britain's connections abroad, the Prime Minister will make an apparent reference to his pledge of an in-out EU referendum if the Tories win the general election, saying his policy on the issue is "clear".

But he will also echo one of the most common arguments deployed by supporters of EU membership.

"This country depends for its living on international ties and global trade," he is to say. "They in turn depend on global stability and security. And on there being global rules to abide by.

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