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David Cameron backs a referendum on EU deal

BIRMINGHAM, England--A referendum on Britain's ties with the European Union would be the best way of agreeing a fresh settlement with the 27-member bloc, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday, as pressure mounts within his party for a vote.

Cameron says Britain should remain in the EU, Britain's biggest trading partner, but renegotiate terms as the 17 members of the EU's currency union redefine their own ties to tackle their sovereign debt crisis.

Speaking to the BBC, Cameron gave no time frame for a vote or any indication of what could be asked at a referendum. The prime minister has said he is against an “in/out” plebiscite.

“When we achieve that fresh settlement, it needs consent, either at a referendum or a general election,” Cameron said on the sidelines of the Conservative Party conference in the English city of Birmingham.

Cameron has promised a referendum after 2015 on any future EU treaty.

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