British Prime Minister David Cameron wants a referendum on EU membership to be held in June next year, writes The Independent on Sunday.
Cameron believes that the sooner the referendum is held, the easier it will be to press for concessions from the rest of Europe, writes the newspaper with reference to an anonymous source.
Cameron promised in May that the referendum would be held by the end of 2017, and that he would renegotiate the terms of British membership of the EU within it.
Cameron has said he wants the UK remain in the Union, but he demands changes in EU citizens' access to welfare services in the country and the right not to join further political integration.
The Independent's data came a day after US President Barack Obama urged Britain to remain in the EU if the country wants to retain its global influence.
Finance Minister George Osborne traveled simultaneously to Paris to ask for support for Britain's desire for reform in the EU.
- A referendum is for us an opportunity to work for reform in the EU. I want a new system in Europe that makes Europe a more competitive and dynamic continent, said Osborne during his visit to France.
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