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Clegg Criticises Cameron Over EU Reform

Thursday 24th January 2013

Nick Clegg insists his fear that ongoing debates over Britain's membership of the EU could damage business.

David Cameron has promised an in/out referendum on the European Union if he is still Prime Minister after the next election.

But speaking on his weekly phone-in Call Clegg, the Deputy PM said that negotiating reform of Britain's EU membership could slow growth.

He told Nick Ferrari: "Where, of course, David Cameron and I part companies -  I simply don't understand the point of spending years and years and years tying yourself up in knots first so called renegotiating the terms of Britain's membership in ways, that at the moment at least, completely vague.

"I think that discourages investment and inhibits growth and jobs which has to remain our absolute priority."

Speaking to LBC 97.3's Nick Ferrari during his weekly phone-in show Call Clegg, Mr Clegg welcomed David Cameron's announcement that a referendum will be held in the next Parliament - but says jobs and growth should remain the priority.

Forty-eight business and city leaders say reform of Britain's relationship with Europe would be "good for business and good for jobs".