After repeated re-scheduling the British Prime Minister's major policy speech is now set for 23 January.
David Cameron, the British prime minister, will deliver what
is billed as a landmark speech on Britain's role in the European Union in
London on Wednesday (23 January), his office has announced.
Cameron was supposed to hold the speech in Amsterdam on
Friday (18 January) but cancelled his appearance because of a terrorist attack
in Algeria in which several Britons died.
In his speech, Cameron is expected to announce a
re-negotiation of Britain's relationship with the EU and a referendum on the
result of that re-negotiation.
According to a draft of the speech released last week, Cameron will pledge to address "a gap between the EU and its citizens which has grown dramatically in recent years and which represents a lack of democratic accountability and consent that is felt particularly acutely in Britain".
"If we don't address these challenges, the danger is that Europe will fail and the British people will drift toward the exit," he was supposed to say.
“I do not want that to happen," Cameron was to say. "I want the European Union to be a success, and I want a relationship between Britain and the EU that keeps us in it."
The initial date for the speech – today (21 January) – had
to be dropped after it transpired that it is the 50th anniversary of
the Elysée treaty, a friendship pact between France and Germany.
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