'Sooner the better' for EU referendum: Cameron

04:17 PM | 4 Jan, 2015
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LONDON (APP) - Prime Minister David Cameron said Sunday the sooner he can hold a referendum on Britain's EU membership the better, should he remain in office after the May general election.

Cameron has pledged to hold a referendum by the end of 2017 at the latest on whether Britain should remain in the European Union, but said it could be held sooner than that.

If he remains prime minister after May, the Conservative leader intends to attempt a renegotiation of the terms of Britain's membership then seek consent for that settlement through a referendum. "The referendum must take place before the end of 2017," Cameron told BBC television. "If we could do that earlier, I would be delighted. The sooner I can deliver on this commitment of a renegotiation and a referendum -- the sooner I can deliver on that the better," he said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly told Cameron in October that he was approaching a "point of no return" with the EU over a proposal to limit the migrant intake from other member states.