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British PM Cameron says to stand for his country’s EU membership

February 20, 2:18 UTC+3
David Cameron earlier announced that negotiated a deal for his nation to be granted a special status within the frames of the EU
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BRUSSELS, February 20. /TASS/. Despite having a special status within the frames of the European Union, Great Britain should remain the member of the organization as it would make the country stronger, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on the sidelines of the EU summit in Brussels.

Cameron earlier announced that negotiated a deal for his nation to be granted a special status within the frames of the EU.

At the summit in Brussels, Cameron sought that the EU should grant a number of privileges to the United Kingdom, including the cancellation of migrants' social benefits during the first four years following the moment they enter the country.

Britain’s special status in EU to be legally binding

A deal on the special status of Great Britain within the frames of the European Union is legally binding and will be approved by all 28 members of the organization, Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, said.

"We have achieved a legally binding and irreversible deal decided on by all 28 leaders, strengthening Britain's special status in the EU," Tusk stated in his Twitter account after the EU summit in Brussels.

"I deeply believe the UK needs Europe and Europe needs the UK," Tusk said. "But the final decision is in the hands of the British people."

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced earlier that his country would be a granted a special status within the frames of the European Union and the Cabinet was likely to debate the issue on Saturday.

"I have negotiated a deal to give the UK special status in the EU," Cameron stated in his Twitter account. "I will be recommending it to Cabinet tomorrow."

Addressing a news conference after the summit, Cameron said the reached deal would make his country "stronger, safer and better off."

"Turning our back on the EU is no solution at all," he said. "And we should be suspicious of those who claim that leaving Europe is some automatic fast track to some land of milk and honey."

The British PM said his country should be part of the European Union, although he personally did not favor the organization.

"But let me tell you what I believe: I do not love Brussels; I love Britain," Cameron said. "And my job, the job of the British Prime Minister, is doing all in my power to protect Britain's interests."

Cameron also said that he negotiated with the EU another deal, concerning a ban on social benefits for migrants coming to Britain.

According to the British prime minister, labor migrants in Great Britain will have no right receiving social allowances in the first four years after they arrive in the country, and this term may be extended to seven years in the future.

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