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David Cameron vows to speed up EU talks

By Andrew Woodcock

Published 16/10/2015

Prime Minister David Cameron
Prime Minister David Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to "quicken the pace" of his renegotiation of Britain's EU membership, saying he will put details of his demands on the table at the start of next month.

Mr Cameron's promise came amid growing signs of frustration in Brussels at the Prime Minister's failure to spell out what changes he needs to secure to advocate continued membership at the in/out referendum promised by the end of 2017. European Parliament President Martin Schulz called for "clarity" from Britain and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told MEPs that "it takes two to tango" and "our British friends have to dance".

Mr Cameron held talks over lunch with Mr Juncker about the technical discussions which have been under way in Brussels since June, but which the Commission President said on Wednesday had so far not made "huge progress".

Speaking as he arrived for talks with Mr Schulz before a European Council summit, the PM insisted that renegotiation was "going well" and would speed up ahead of a later summit in December at which EU leaders are expected to discuss the demands in detail.

Mr Cameron said: "We will... be discussing the British referendum. That has now got under way and is going well."

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