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  • Government confirms EU referendum in Queen's Speech
    Government confirms EU referendum in Queen's Speech 1 hour 25 minutes ago

    Prime Minister David Cameron's government confirmed it will hold a referendum on whether Britain should leave the EU Wednesday in a policy speech read by Queen Elizabeth II on Westminster's grandest day. More »

  • Queen's Speech: PM Backs Off On Human Rights
    Queen's Speech: PM Backs Off On Human Rights 5 hours ago

    David Cameron has opted to consult on controversial plans to scrap the Human Rights Act rather than rush legislation through in the coming months. While the plans are expected to be mentioned in today's Queen's Speech, the Prime Minister will not bring forward legislation straight away because the Government does not want to "rush it through". Labour, the SNP and the Lib Dems are all opposed to scrapping the Human Rights Act and a number of prominent Conservatives, including former Attorney General Dominic Grieve, have spoken out against it. More »

  • Queen to outline Cameron's plans after UK poll win
    Queen to outline Cameron's plans after UK poll win 5 hours ago

    British Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives unveil their programme for government Wednesday after a surprise clear win at this month's general election which will lead to a referendum on leaving the EU. More »

  • Queen Elizabeth to unveil EU referendum plans as parliament opens
    Queen Elizabeth to unveil EU referendum plans as parliament opens 12 hours ago

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - The Queen will set out the government's plans for a European Union membership referendum on Wednesday as Prime Minister David Cameron faces pressure to explain when it will be held and what changes to the EU he wants before then. Cameron has said he would be ready to hold the referendum before 2017 if he completes the renegotiation early, something some pro-EU campaigners advocate. More »

  • Speech to set out 'clear vision'
    Speech to set out 'clear vision' 12 hours ago

    New laws to keep the lowest paid workers out of tax will be included in a Queen's Speech that sets out a "clear vision for what our country can be", David Cameron has said. More »

  • Britain faces tension over push for less EU control
    Britain faces tension over push for less EU control 17 hours ago

    PARIS (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron heads to continental Europe this week on a campaign to curtail EU involvement in national affairs. France and Germany, meanwhile, want to move in the opposite direction. More »

  • French-German euro zone blueprint could frustrate Cameron plans
    French-German euro zone blueprint could frustrate Cameron plans 18 hours ago

    By Andreas Rinke BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany and France have agreed plans to strengthen cooperation among euro zone countries without changing existing EU treaties, in a potential setback for British Prime Minister David Cameron as he holds key meetings this week with both countries' leaders. The blueprint would bolster the 19-nation euro zone, of which Britain is not a member, by holding more regular summits of its leaders, strengthening the Eurogroup forum of finance ministers and establishing euro zone-specific structures within the European Parliament. It envisages no change to EU treaties. More »

  • Moody's says UK may not cut public spending as fast as planned
    Moody's says UK may not cut public spending as fast as planned Tue, May 26, 2015

    Britain's government may struggle to cut public spending as fast as it plans, due to the large reductions required and the likelihood that the easiest cuts were made in earlier years, ratings agency Moody's said on Tuesday. Moody's did not change Britain's Aa1 sovereign rating with a stable outlook in an update of its research after Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives' unexpected outright majority in this month's election. "We expect the budget deficit to decline continuously over the coming years, a credit positive," Moody's economists wrote in a note to clients. More »

  • Cameron Tells EU Chief Europe Must Change
    Cameron Tells EU Chief Europe Must Change Tue, May 26, 2015

    David Cameron has started his European renegotiation talks by telling the EU Commission president that Britain will no longer accept the "status quo". The Prime Minister pleaded with Jean-Claude Juncker that the EU "needs to change" over a dinner of spring salad and pork belly at  Chequers. Downing Street said Mr Juncker had insisted he would "seek to help" with the renegotiation. More »

  • British-based banks planning for EU 'no' stymied by lack of European …
    British-based banks planning for EU 'no' stymied by lack of European … Tue, May 26, 2015

    By Sinead Cruise and Anjuli Davies LONDON (Reuters) - A shortage of prime office space in rival European financial centres may torpedo plans by some of London's banks to quit the UK capital if Britain opts out of European Union membership. Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to renegotiate Britain's relationship with the EU and then hold a vote by the end of 2017 on whether to stay in the bloc or leave. ... More »

  • Britain and Russia agree to resume talks on Syria
    Britain and Russia agree to resume talks on Syria Tue, May 26, 2015

    Britain's David Cameron and Russia's Vladimir Putin have agreed to re-start talks on finding a solution to the crisis in Syria, a statement from Cameron said on Monday. More »

  • Cameron's Charm Offensive To Woo EU Leaders
    Cameron's Charm Offensive To Woo EU Leaders Tue, May 26, 2015

    David Cameron's opening gambit in an EU charm offensive will be to plead with world leaders not to dismiss his renegotiation demands as "too difficult", arguing that the British public will no longer accept the "status quo". Government officials have told Sky News that the Prime Minister will urge the EU commission president and European counterparts to "work with us" as he tries to find a solution ahead of an EU referendum. One possible stumbling block is that fact that a number of other leaders do not want to bow to Mr Cameron's demands for treaty change ahead of a referendum in Britain. More »

  • Cameron tells EC president that Europe must change
    Cameron tells EC president that Europe must change Tue, May 26, 2015

    By Kylie MacLellan and Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron told the president of the European Commission that the country needed a new deal on Europe, before he presses his case for reforms to the bloc with other national leaders this week. Talks between Cameron and EC President Jean-Claude Juncker over dinner on Monday focussed on reforming the European Union and renegotiating the UK's ties with Brussels, a government spokeswoman said. Juncker reiterated he wanted to find a "fair deal for the UK and would seek to help", she said, and they agreed more discussions would be needed to find a way forward. More »

  • Manufacturers urge Britain to hold speedy EU referendum in 2016 Tue, May 26, 2015

    Britain must "get on with it" and hold its planned referendum on whether to leave the European Union no later than next year to avoid a long period of damaging uncertainty, the country's leading manufacturing association said. Prime Minister David Cameron, re-elected on May 7, has pledged to reshape Britain's ties with the EU before holding an in-out membership referendum by the end of 2017 but has said he could hold it earlier if talks go well. The EEF group, which represents manufacturing, engineering and technology giants such as Rolls Royce, BaE Systems and around 20,000 firms in total, said the referendum ought to be held as early as May 2016 or during the autumn of next year. More »

  • EU must change, PM tells Juncker
    EU must change, PM tells Juncker Tue, May 26, 2015

    David Cameron told European Union president Jean-Claude Juncker that the EU "needs to change" to meet UK voters' concerns as he stepped up pre-referendum efforts to secure a reformed relationship with Brussels. More »

  • Cameron meets former foe Juncker for EU reform talks
    Cameron meets former foe Juncker for EU reform talks Mon, May 25, 2015

    British Prime Minister David Cameron hosted European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday as he kickstarted diplomatic efforts to secure EU reforms ahead of a referendum on the country's membership. More »

  • EU Migrants Banned From Vote On Europe
    EU Migrants Banned From Vote On Europe Mon, May 25, 2015

    David Cameron has set out the rules that will dictate who is eligible to vote in the EU referendum, and committed to a breakneck schedule of diplomacy to ensure his plans for significant reform in Brussels are enacted swiftly. Downing Street has said the franchise for the referendum will be the same as that which dictates General Elections. This means that British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens who are over 18 and resident in the UK are eligible to vote, as are UK nationals resident overseas for less than 15 years. More »

  • Ethnic Minority Votes Helped Cameron Win: Survey
    Ethnic Minority Votes Helped Cameron Win: Survey Mon, May 25, 2015

    A Conservative strategy to target Hindu and Sikh voters may have helped David Cameron to sweep into power. According to new research, over one million ethnic minority votes were cast for the Tories - the highest share the party has ever enjoyed from an electoral group it has failed to connect with in the past. The survey conducted for think-tank British Future shows Labour remains ahead with minority voters on 52%. More »

  • Cameron warned on defence spending
    Cameron warned on defence spending Mon, May 25, 2015

    David Cameron must "repair the damage" to the UK's security by guaranteeing a minimum level of defence spending , the former head of the RAF has said. More »

  • Lib Dem rivals unite on rights bid
    Lib Dem rivals unite on rights bid Mon, May 25, 2015

    The two rivals for the Liberal Democrat leadership have launched a campaign to block David Cameron's plan to scrap the Human Rights Act. More »

  • UK says no referendum vote for most other EU nationals in Britain
    UK says no referendum vote for most other EU nationals in Britain Mon, May 25, 2015

    By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - Most citizens of other European Union countries living in Britain will not get to vote in a planned referendum on Britain's membership of the bloc, the government said on Monday. Prime Minister David Cameron, who has promised to renegotiate Britain's EU ties ahead of a vote by the end of 2017, will embark on a tour of five European capitals later this week to hold talks with key EU leaders over his reform plans. Cameron's office said only those eligible to vote in British national elections, plus members of the upper house of parliament and Commonwealth citizens in Gibraltar, will get a say in the EU referendum. More »

  • Cameron says to freeze government ministers' pay for five years
    Cameron says to freeze government ministers' pay for five years Sun, May 24, 2015

    British government ministers will have their pay frozen for another five years as the government tries to reduce the budget deficit, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Sunday. Cabinet ministers receive 134,565 British pound ($208,000) a year, including their parliamentary salary. Cameron's Conservatives, who won a surprise majority in this month's election, have pledged to find 25 billion pounds ($39 billion) of spending cuts over the next two years as they seek to turn a 5 percent budget deficit into a surplus by 2018/19. More »

  • MPs bid to save Human Rights Act
    MPs bid to save Human Rights Act Sun, May 24, 2015

    Cross-party discussions have been launched to block David Cameron's bid to scrap the Human Rights Act, with potential Tory rebels being targeted to vote against its abolition. More »

  • Britain's opposition Labour Party backs Cameron's EU referendum pla …
    Britain's opposition Labour Party backs Cameron's EU referendum pla … Sun, May 24, 2015

    Britain's opposition Labour Party will back Prime Minister David Cameron's plans to hold a referendum on the country's European Union membership by the end of 2017, its acting leader said on Sunday. Labour had fought this month's national election, in which it suffered a crushing defeat to Cameron's Conservatives, on the policy that it would offer Britons an EU referendum only if there were a further transfer of powers to Brussels from London. Cameron, who has promised to renegotiate Britain's ties with the EU ahead of the referendum, will on Wednesday set out plans to enshrine the vote in law when his government's legislative agenda is published. More »

  • Labour to back EU referendum bill
    Labour to back EU referendum bill Sun, May 24, 2015

    Labour will support Prime Minister David Cameron's proposal for a referendum on European Union membership but will make the case to stay, party leaders told the Sunday Times. More »

  • Ministers to face 5-year pay freeze
    Ministers to face 5-year pay freeze Sun, May 24, 2015

    Government ministers will face a further five years of frozen pay as David Cameron insists that "we will all play our part" in balancing the books. More »

  • Bank of England confirms EU exit research after email misfire
    Bank of England confirms EU exit research after email misfire Sat, May 23, 2015

    By William Schomberg LONDON (Reuters) - The Bank of England plans to assess the implications of a possible British exit from the European Union, it said in a statement, confirming an email it inadvertently sent to a newspaper about the supposedly confidential research project. The Guardian reported that an aide to a senior Bank official said in the email the project should be kept secret from most BoE staff and any journalists asking about it should be told the Bank was looking at a broad range of European economic issues. British Prime Minister David Cameron, who was re-elected on May 7, has pledged to reshape Britain's ties with the EU before holding an in-out membership referendum by the end of 2017. More »

  • Email Blunder Reveals Bank's 'Brexit' Risks Probe
    Email Blunder Reveals Bank's 'Brexit' Risks Probe Sat, May 23, 2015

    A secret Bank of England project to examine the economic risks of the UK quitting the EU in the referendum has been revealed after an email was accidentally sent to a journalist. The existence of the confidential work, codenamed Project Bookend, came to light as David Cameron met with other European leaders in Riga, Latvia, to start talks on reform "in earnest". Businesses have already warned over the dangers of a so-called Brexit, with the Confederation of British Industry pressing to remain part of a reformed EU. More »

  • Carmichael pressured in memo row
    Carmichael pressured in memo row Sat, May 23, 2015

    Former Cabinet minister Alistair Carmichael has come under further pressure to quit as an MP after he accepted responsibility for a leaked memo which alleged Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wanted David Cameron to win the general election. More »

  • Bank of England admits to researching 'Brexit' risks
    Bank of England admits to researching 'Brexit' risks Sat, May 23, 2015

    The Bank of England revealed it is researching the economic risks of Britain leaving the European Union, just as Prime Minister David Cameron began negotiations with EU leaders ahead of a referendum on ... More »

  • Bank to probe 'Brexit' economy risk
    Bank to probe 'Brexit' economy risk Sat, May 23, 2015

    The Bank of England has launched a project to assess the economic risks to Britain if the country votes to leave the European Union in the referendum promised by David Cameron. More »

  • Climate lobbyists 'biggest threat'
    Climate lobbyists 'biggest threat' Sat, May 23, 2015

    David Cameron's former strategy adviser Steve Hilton has launched an outspoken attack on climate change lobbyists, accusing them of being "the biggest threat to the environment today". More »

  • PM: EU Reforms Require 'Patience And Tenacity'
    PM: EU Reforms Require 'Patience And Tenacity' Fri, May 22, 2015

    David Cameron has warned that successfully reforming the EU may take some time as the President of the European Parliament told Sky News that changes might be possible. Martin Schulz, one of the most powerful figures in European politics, made the comments as David Cameron met European leaders to try to gather support for changes to the bloc. Mr Schulz said he would support Britain's proposals if they make the EU more "democratic" and "transparent". More »

  • Ex-Minister Admits Leaking Sturgeon Memo
    Ex-Minister Admits Leaking Sturgeon Memo Fri, May 22, 2015

    Nicola Sturgeon has accused Alistair Carmichael of an election "dirty trick" after he admitted leaking a memo about her during the election campaign. The former Scottish Secretary said he was responsible for releasing claims that the SNP leader wanted David Cameron to return to Downing Street. The apparent conversation took place between Ms Sturgeon and the French Ambassador Sylvie Bermann in February and was released to the media during the general election campaign. More »

  • Carmichael in leaked memo admission
    Carmichael in leaked memo admission Fri, May 22, 2015

    Nicola Sturgeon has called on Alistair Carmichael to consider his position as an MP after the former Scottish secretary accepted responsibility for a leaked memo which alleged she wanted David Cameron to win the general election. More »