Britain 'not turning its back' on EU, Cameron tells Davos

Thu, Jan 24, 2013, 00:00

British prime minister David Cameron today met European leaders face-to-face today for the first time since setting out his plans to hold a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU.

He was attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

His speech to the gathering of political, economic and business leaders focused on Britain’s priorities for its 12-month presidency of the G8, including counter-terrorism, tax and transparency.

But he touched on the European question, insisting that his EU policy was “not about turning our backs on Europe — quite the opposite”. He said: “This is about how we make the case for a more competitive, more open and more flexible Europe and how we secure the UK’s place in it.”

Setting out his case for reform of the EU, Mr Cameron added: “It is not just right for the United Kingdom, it is necessary for Europe. “Europe is being out-competed, out-invested, out-innovated and it is time we made the EU an engine for growth, not a cause of cost for businesses and complaint for its citizens.”