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UK PM says referendum best solution for EU relations

Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 3:38 AM ET

BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 9 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday a referendum on the relationship with the European Union was the most sensible way of forging a fresh settlement with the 27-member bloc.

Cameron gave no time frame for a vote.

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

"Frankly a referendum is obviously the cleanest, neatest and most sensible way of doing that," he said.

(Reporting by Mohammed Abbas and Guy Faulconbridge)

((guy.faulconbridge@thomsonreuters.com; +442075424758;))

Keywords: BRITAIN POLITICS/EUROPE