David Cameron has announced the date for the UK's referendum on European membership after reaching a deal on reforms in Brussels. Here are the latest updates:
- The PM has set the date for the EU referendum on 23 June
- Here is the full speech he made outside Downing Street
- Theresa May has confirmed her backing for the 'in' campaign
- Vote Leave launched its with Gove and five other ministers
- These are the Cabinet ministers rooting for a Brexit
- Jeremy Corbyn said the PM's deal is just a 'sideshow'
- A 'unanimous agreement' was reached in Brussels yesterday
- ...and this is how it happened
- Bookmakers have reduced their odds on a Brexit
- What is in the deal?
- The PM didn't get everything he wanted
- Why yesterday was a very bad day for the 'out' camp
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The Prime Minister set out his EU reform plan to his senior ministerial team this morning after vowing to campaign “heart and soul” for the deal finally agreed in marathon talks in Brussels.
The meeting of the Cabinet - the first to be held on a Saturday since the Falklands War - fired the starting gun in the campaign for the Prime Minister's long-promised the referendum on 23 June.
Ministers such as Iain Duncan Smith and Chris Grayling opposed to Britain's membership of the EU can finally go public and say they will be campaigning to leave.
What has the EU ever done for us?
What has the EU ever done for us?
1/7 1. It gives you freedom to live, work and retire anywhere in Europe
As a member of the EU, UK citizens benefit from freedom of movement across the continent. Considered one of the so-called four pillars of the European Union, this freedom allows all EU citizens to live, work and travel in other member states.
2/7 2. It sustains millions of jobs
A report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research, released in October 2015, suggested 3.1 million British jobs were linked to the UK’s exports to the EU.
3/7 3. Your holiday is much easier - and safer
Freedom to travel is one of the most exercised benefits of EU membership, with Britons having made 31 million visits to the EU in 2014 alone. But a lot of the benefits of being an EU citizen are either taken for granted or go unnoticed.
4/7 4. It means you're less likely to get ripped off
Consumer protection is a key benefit of the EU’s single market, and ensures members of the British public receive equal consumer rights when shopping anywhere in Europe.
5/7 5. It offers greater protection from terrorists, paedophiles, people traffickers and cyber-crime
Another example of a lesser-known advantage of EU membership is the benefit of cross-country coordination and cooperation in the fight against crime.
6/7 6. Our businesses depend on it
According to 71% of all members of the Confederation of British Influence (CBI), and 67 per cent of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the EU has had an overall positive impact on their business.
7/7 7. We have greater influence
Robin Niblett, Director of think-tank Chatham House, stated in a report published last year: “For a mid-sized country like the UK, which will never again be economically dominant either globally or regionally, and whose diplomatic and military resources are declining in relative terms, being a major player in a strong regional institution can offer a critical lever for international influence.
Speaking at a late night Friday news conference - following talks which began on Thursday afternoon and went on through much of the night - an emotional Mr Cameron said the package he had agreed had secured Britain's “special status” in the EU.
“Britain will be permanently out of 'ever closer union', never part of a European superstate,” he said.
“I believe that this is enough for me to recommend that the United Kingdom remains in the European Union, having the best of both worlds."
The agreement was swiftly dismissed by Ukip leader Nigel Farage as a “truly pathetic deal”.
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