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    Britain Reaches Deal to Stay in European Union

    British Prime Minister David Cameron, right, speaks with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, left, during a meeting on the sidelines of an EU summit in Brussels, Feb. 19, 2016.
    British Prime Minister David Cameron, right, speaks with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, left, during a meeting on the sidelines of an EU summit in Brussels, Feb. 19, 2016.

    British Prime Minister David Cameron reached a deal with all 27 fellow European Union leaders late Friday to keep Britain in the EU with "special status."

    Cameron said he would present the deal to his Cabinet on Saturday, the first step in what will be a long, tough campaign to convince British voters that the country should remain in the bloc.

    The question will be put to a referendum in June, and at this point, voters appear to be evenly split.

    The deal was struck during a two-day EU summit in Brussels, which ended when the EU members agreed on a package of concessions to Cameron. They include giving Britain the right to restrict benefits and welfare payments to workers from other EU nations who come to Britain for jobs; and guarantees that Britain will not be penalized for continuing to use the pound currency instead of switching to the euro.

    Britain will also not be obligated to form a so-called closer union with the rest of the EU.

    European Council President Donald Tusk, left, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, second left, participate in a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron during an EU summit in Brussels, Feb. 19, 2016.
    European Council President Donald Tusk, left, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, second left, participate in a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron during an EU summit in Brussels, Feb. 19, 2016.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Some EU leaders initially objected to giving Britain the right cut back on welfare payments to foreign workers, but no one wants to see Britain, with its powerful economy and military, leave the EU.

    Many British politicians, especially the Conservatives, want to pull Britain out of the EU, mainly for economic reasons. But they also say EU laws on such sensitive issues as immigration and criminal punishment trump British law.

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    by: Marcus Aurelius II from: NJ USA
    February 20, 2016 3:47 PM
    C'mon Britain, you know you are going to stay in the EU just the way Scotland stayed in the UK. When push comes to shove Brits are afraid to go it alone. Besides, most of Scotland will vote to stay in. So you didn't really get much. Did you expect the EU to grant the UK the right to make its own laws supreme in its own land if it wants to stay in? All of your ambitious MPs want to stay in so that they can one day become MEPs and eat at the same trough of fine cuisine and wine and stay at the finest hotels at taxpayer cost just the way Sir Neal Kinnock, that "man of the people" does. They want the good life for themselves too. Besides, above all the US wants the UK to say in the EU. When the US speaks, the tail listens. Walkies time poodles! Walkies time!

    by: Anonymous
    February 20, 2016 1:13 AM
    Just as long as they can keep the refugee's out.

    All over the UK essential services programs are being dropped due to no funding. It has already cost many lives and will continue to do so. The UK needs to come clean and admit they're broke due to EU participation. They've dug a huge fiscal hole with very tricky and slippery sides. There is massive under-employment and unemployment in the UK. Thanks to the legacies of the wretched, communist-infested Labour governments of the past. England in particular now have as many as four generations of the same families on the dole, four generations of families who have never worked a day in their entire lives, all living on state benefits. Socialism at its finest. In the fiscal history of the UK, things were going well from 1955 to 1963 only. Before and after those eight years, their entire economy was miserable. Then Harold Wilson and the Labour govt got in and everything turned to crap, and it has been constant crap ever since.

    The refugee's will not be welcomed by the people in the UK despite PC or government insistence, the refugee's would be better off back where they came from.

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