Prime Minister David Cameron has made a fresh appeal for German support over changes he is seeking to the European Union
Cameron said the reforms are crucial for UK to remain in the EU at the changed global scenarios, BBC reported.
Curbing migrants’ benefits and other moves would make a “big difference” to whether the UK stayed, he suggested.
Mr Cameron is pushing for an EU-wide agreement at a summit next month.
He argued that his desired changes would benefit Europe’s largest economy as well as the UK.
Mr Cameron is seeking a “better deal” from the EU as a prelude to holding an in-out referendum on the UK’s continued membership by the end of 2017 at the latest.
If a deal is reached on the UK’s four main renegotiation objectives in February, there is speculation that Mr Cameron will call the referendum – in which voters will be asked whether they want the UK to remain a member of the EU or to leave – in June.
In an article in Bild magazine, the prime minister called London and Berlin “key allies in creating a prosperous and secure EU.”
In the article, Cameron noted the decline in EU support in Britain, explaining the renegotiation was to “address the concerns of the British people.”
“But these changes will benefit the EU too, and Germany can help deliver them. The problems in the EU that we are trying to fix are problems for Germany and other European partners too.”
Cameron said that he wanted to “sweep away the excessive bureaucracy and the barriers to trade that undermine growth,” move power from “Brussels to the Bundestag, the House of Commons and other national parliaments” and to “stop people taking out from a welfare system without contributing to it first.”
“Because like Germany, Britain believes in the principle of free movement of workers,” he wrote. “But that should not mean the current freedom to claim all benefits from day one and that’s why I’ve proposed restricting this for the first four years.”
“Securing these changes will mean we can continue our EU partnership into the future,” he concluded.