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EU deal gives Britain "best of both worlds": Cameron

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 01:27

Prime Minister David Cameron hails a landmark deal he says gives Britain ''special status'' in the European Union. Yiming Woo reports.

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European leaders can finally have a relaxed dinner after agreeing on a landmark deal to help keep Britain in the EU. At a summit that ran into overtime, leaders agreed unanimously on a package of measures aimed at avoiding a potentially disastrous divorce. Prime Minister David Cameron says it's given his country "special status". (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, DAVID CAMERON, SAYING: "There will be tough new restrictions on access to our welfare system for EU migrants -- no more something for nothing. Britain will never join the euro. And we've secured vital protections for our economy and a full say over the rules of the free trade single market while remaining outside the euro. I believe that this is enough for me to recommend that the United Kingdom remain in the European Union, having the best of both worlds." Britain faces a deeply uncertain referendum in June on whether it should stay in the EU. French President Francois Hollande was asked whether the deal was enough to keep Britain in. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRESIDENT, FRANCOIS HOLLANDE, SAYING: "Everything has been done so the United Kingdom can stay in the European Union without stalling the march toward the future of Europe, but at the same time, only the British people know the answer." If they vote to leave the EU, it would activate a "self-destruct" clause whereby the entire deal is cancelled.

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EU deal gives Britain "best of both worlds": Cameron

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 01:27