British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks on European Union reform ahead of membership vote. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday that his demands for reform in the European Union are not "Mission Impossible" but rather the price EU leaders must pay if he is to keep Britain in the bloc. In the speech, Cameron gave more details of his plans to change Britain's ties with the European Union ahead of an in-out referendum he has said he will hold before the end of 2017. "There will be those who say, here and elsewhere in the EU, that what we are embarked on is somehow Mission Impossible. I say why? I do not deny that seeking changes which require the agreement of 27 other democracies, all with their own concerns, is a big task. But an impossible one? I do not believe so for a minute," said Cameron. "When you look at the challenges facing European leaders today the changes that Britain is seeking do not fall into the box marked impossible. They are eminently resolvable with a requisite political will and political imagination. The European Union has a record of solving intractable problems. It can solve this one. Let us therefore resolve to do so." Cameron was speaking on the same day that he was due to send a letter to the president of the European Council, which represents EU member states, setting out his main objectives from a reform of the bloc.