British Prime Minister David Cameron says his decisive election victory gives him the mandate to renegotiate Britain's relationship with the European Union. Mana Rabiee reports.
(family photo) Britain's newly-elected Conservative MPs take in the sunshine outside the House of Commons. Some of them weren't sure they'd make it. (nats reporter off screen) "Hands up who would be here, who was 100% sure they'd be here?" Now, the 'heavy lifting' over EU membership begins for Prime Minister David Cameron... (nats applause as Cameron arrives) He's promised to renegotiate Britain's relationship with the European Union before holding a referendum by the end of 2017 on whether the UK is in -- or out -- of the EU. He says his election win gives him a mandate over the EU question, but that renegotiating Britan's deal will be tough nevertheless. (file of Londoners) Cameron's promised voters he'll try to reclaim powers from the EU before the all-out referendum. Much of his plan remains vague but, among other things, he says he wants to make it harder for newly arrived migrants to claim welfare benefits. He also wants more power over EU decisons that affect Britain. A recent opinion poll shows just over half of all Britons favor EU membership in some way, while just over a third likely prefer to leave the bloc. (back to end of family photo) There's a lot riding on this for Cameron. The Europe question has split his party before. It led to the downfall of his predecessors, Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and Cameron wants to make sure he doesn't meet the same fate.