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  • British PM Cameron says to freeze government ministers' pay for 5 years
    British PM Cameron says to freeze government ministers' pay for 5 years 7 hours ago

    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 »

  • Labour to back EU referendum bill
    Labour to back EU referendum bill 19 hours ago

    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 20 hours ago

    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 »

  • Cameron: Tough times for EU ahead of UK membership vote
    Cameron: Tough times for EU ahead of UK membership vote Fri, May 22, 2015

    RIGA, Latvia (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron set off Friday on a whirlwind campaign to change the way the European Union is run, warning of a rough road ahead to achieve the reform needed to keep his country from leaving. More »

  • Cameron launches EU reform drive, admits will not be easy
    Cameron launches EU reform drive, admits will not be easy Fri, May 22, 2015

    By Kylie MacLellan and Adrian Croft RIGA (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday he was confident of winning concessions from European Union leaders before he asks voters whether Britain should stay in the bloc. After his Conservative Party won an unexpected majority in a May 7 election, Cameron is committed to renegotiating Britain's EU ties before holding the referendum by the end of 2017. Cameron held initial talks with some EU leaders at a summit of EU and ex-Soviet states in the Latvian capital on Friday, admitting that his proposals had not received a unanimous welcome. More »

  • Three strikes and you're not out - put those Brexit nerves on hold
    Three strikes and you're not out - put those Brexit nerves on hold Fri, May 22, 2015

    By Patrick Graham LONDON (Reuters) - Two-thirds of the way through a trio of political earthquakes that a year ago looked set to shake British business and markets, the best lesson gleaned by financial investors for part three is to hold their nerve. Stock, currency and bond markets have generally ridden calmly through both a Scottish independence vote that almost broke up the United Kingdom last September and an election that threatened months of horse trading and no clear government. Neither risk materialised and the bounce in the pound after Prime Minister David Cameron's re-election with an unexpected outright majority could be viewed as a sign of investors' faith that he can weather the third of the trio - a vote on Britain's EU membership. More »

  • Cameron 'confident' of EU reform deal before UK referendum
    Cameron 'confident' of EU reform deal before UK referendum Fri, May 22, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday he was "confident" of striking an EU reform deal to put before British voters by 2017 but warned of "ups and downs" in the process. 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 … Fri, May 22, 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. Deutsche Bank , the euro zone's second largest bank by assets, confirmed this week it was considering cutting its UK operations if the country pulled out, and other big global banks are expected to rethink the scale of their UK operations under such an eventuality. More »

  • Factbox - Britain's EU demands, and how they might be handled Fri, May 22, 2015

    By Alastair Macdonald RIGA (Reuters) - David Cameron met his EU counterparts on Friday for the first time since his re-election two weeks ago ensured that Britain will have a referendum in the next couple of years on quitting the bloc. At an EU summit in Riga, Cameron repeated his intention to seek reforms in the Union before giving British voters a choice. Looking at Cameron's election manifesto demands, here is how they might try to accommodate Cameron's requirements: THE RELATIVELY STRAIGHTFORWARD: - REFORM THE EU : "TOO BIG, TOO BOSSY, TOO BUREAUCRATIC" - BREAK DOWN REMAINING BARRIERS TO TRADE IN SINGLE MARKET - CUT EU BUDGET, FOCUS EU SPENDING ON JOBS AND GROWTH Much of this is already in train. More »

  • EU's Juncker to visit Cameron on Monday to discuss reform Fri, May 22, 2015

    RIGA (Reuters) - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will travel to London on Monday for talks with Prime Minister David Cameron on British proposals for reform of the bloc, a British official said during an EU summit in Latvia. (Reporting by Kyle MacLellan; Writing by Alastair Macdonald; @macdonaldrtr) More »

  • EU Membership: Reasons For And Against Leaving
    EU Membership: Reasons For And Against Leaving Fri, May 22, 2015

    David Cameron is in Latvia to start negotiating a new deal with European Union partners ahead of a referendum on the UK's membership in the bloc. More »

  • Cameron: Ups And Downs In EU Negotiations
    Cameron: Ups And Downs In EU Negotiations Fri, May 22, 2015

    David Cameron has arrived in Riga, Lativa, as he starts the process of renegotiating the UK's relationship with the EU ahead of holding an in/out referendum. And while acknowledging there would be disagreements, Mr Cameron believed a way forward could be found. Speaking as he arrived at the Riga summit, Mr Cameron said: "It's ... an opportunity to start the discussion about the reform of the European Union. More »

  • 54 miles of motorway under Cameron
    54 miles of motorway under Cameron Fri, May 22, 2015

    As drivers prepare to hit the roads for the bank holiday weekend, new figures show that Britain's motorway network has grown by just 54 miles since David Cameron became Prime Minister in 2010. More »

  • "David Cameron always difficult" - Euro parliament head
    "David Cameron always difficult" - Euro parliament head Fri, May 22, 2015

    A senior EU official said he did not expect unusually tough talks on Friday with David Cameron, who has brought his demands for reform of the bloc to a summit in Riga - because, he said, talking to the British prime minister was always difficult. "I don't expect a difficult debate with David Cameron today," Martin Schulz, the German Social Democrat who is president of the European Parliament, told reporters. "Debates with David Cameron are always difficult, here or elsewhere." The remarks revealed a degree of impatience with Cameron's demands for change in the bloc before he puts continued British membership to a referendum by 2017. More »

  • UK PM starts EU reform bid warning of 'ups and downs'
    UK PM starts EU reform bid warning of 'ups and downs' Fri, May 22, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron launched his bid to recast Britain's relationship with the EU Friday, warning of "ups and downs" before a straight "in-or-out" referendum by the end of 2017. More »

  • Cameron to hold EU reform talks with Merkel, Hollande next week
    Cameron to hold EU reform talks with Merkel, Hollande next week Fri, May 22, 2015

    British Prime Minister David Cameron will go to Berlin and Paris late next week for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on European Union reform, a British official said on Friday. Newly re-elected Cameron will use a summit in the Latvian capital between the EU and six former Soviet republics on Friday to sound out other EU leaders on his demands for changes before a British referendum on EU membership that he has promised before the end of 2017. Cameron has not arranged formal meetings with Merkel and Hollande, among the EU's most influential leaders, in Riga but he will probably have a chance to speak to them on the sidelines of the meeting, the British official said. More »

  • Cameron determined to give Britons 'proper choice' on reformed EU
    Cameron determined to give Britons 'proper choice' on reformed EU Fri, May 22, 2015

    British Prime Minister David Cameron predicted "ups and downs" on Friday in European Union reform negotiations but said he was determined to give Britons a proper choice on a reformed EU in a referendum he has promised before the end of 2017. "There will be ups and downs. You'll hear one day this is possible, the next day something else is impossible," Cameron told reporters as he arrived for an EU summit with six ex-Soviet states where he hopes to have initial contacts on his drive to reform the 28-nation bloc. More »

  • PM predicts 'ups and downs' in EU renegotiation bid
    PM predicts 'ups and downs' in EU renegotiation bid Fri, May 22, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron predicted there would be "ups and downs" in Britain's bid to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union as he arrived at a summit in Riga Friday. More »

  • Cameron makes British reform case to EU peers
    Cameron makes British reform case to EU peers Fri, May 22, 2015

    British Prime Minister David Cameron takes his case for far-reaching reform to his EU peers Friday as they meet six former Soviet states, some of whom would gladly swap places with London in the bloc. More »

  • PM Needs To Build Allies In EU Reset Bid
    PM Needs To Build Allies In EU Reset Bid Fri, May 22, 2015

    David Cameron arrives at his first major European summit since the election with a mandate to negotiate. In Riga, the main agenda item of the EU Partnership Summit is the troubled Eastern border not the possible break off of its major power on the West of the bloc. But in the sidelines of this summit, the Prime Minister will begin part of a slow process of winning friends at the EU summit table. More »

  • Cameron to hold first talks with EU leaders on reform demands
    Cameron to hold first talks with EU leaders on reform demands Fri, May 22, 2015

    By Kylie MacLellan and Adrian Croft RIGA (Reuters) - Newly re-elected Prime Minister David Cameron will have his first talks with other European Union leaders on Friday on reforms he is seeking to the EU before holding a referendum by 2017 on Britain's membership of the bloc. Cameron will use a summit in the Latvian capital between the EU and six former Soviet republics as an opportunity to sound out other EU leaders on his demands for changes that could influence whether Britain remains part of the 28-nation union. "Today I will start discussions in earnest with fellow leaders on reforming the EU and renegotiating the UK's relationship with it," Cameron said in a statement. More »

  • British PM to start talks on EU renegotiation
    British PM to start talks on EU renegotiation Thu, May 21, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron meets European leaders in Latvia Friday to start talks that he admits will not be easy on renegotiating Britain's ties with the EU ahead of a referendum by 2017 on leaving the bloc. More »

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  • Record Immigration As PM Announces Clampdown
    Record Immigration As PM Announces Clampdown Thu, May 21, 2015

    David Cameron has said he will not abandon his pledge to reduce net migration to the "tens of thousands" despite figures showing the level is at three times his target. It is the highest net migration figure for a calendar year since the International Passenger Survey began in 1970. The Prime Minister repeated that pledge during a speech in London - after the figures were released - saying he would stick to the target despite the fact it had been significantly exceeded. More »

  • As migration soars, UK's Cameron sets red line in EU talks
    As migration soars, UK's Cameron sets red line in EU talks Thu, May 21, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday that restricting welfare payments to EU workers was an "absolute requirement" of his efforts to renegotiate Britain's relationship with the bloc, as he unveiled a new crackdown on immigration. More »

  • UK's Cameron announces new plans as UK immigration rises
    UK's Cameron announces new plans as UK immigration rises Thu, May 21, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday announced plans to crack down on illegal immigration and tighten Britain's borders as new official figures showed a significant rise in the number of migrants. More »