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Britain should not leave European Union, says David Cameron

July 19, 2012 - Kabul, Afghanistan

British Prime Minister David Cameron said that Britain should not leave the 27-nation bloc, the European Union and felt that doing so will risk it to become a sort of greater Switzerland. He said that leaving the EU will be 'a complete denial of our national interests'. He made this comments amidst a business survey that found that half of UK firms with a view on the country's future in the European Union want a "looser" relationship with Brussels.

The survey said that 47% votes of British Chambers of Commerce members said "a looser relationship should be negotiated" within the EU while 26% are happy with status quo, 12% felt UK has to withdraw altogether and 9% backed further integration. 6% are unsure.

"It comes back to this - who are going to be the winning nations for the 21st century? If your vision of Britain was that we should just withdraw and become a sort of greater Switzerland, I think that would be a complete denial of our national interests.", he said.

".. But I think we should be, over time, seeking a new settlement and receiving a new mandate for that settlement. Because I think the change taking place in Europe is very profound. I’m an optimist. I think this is perfectly possible.", in a telephonic interview to The Telegraph.

Cameron was earlier on a surprise visit to Afghanistan to boost the morale of the troops. He has held talks with the Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf. This is the first meeting of the Cameron with Ashraf after the later stepped became the new Pakistan Prime Minister.

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