Finally! Cameron to address "UK's relationship" with EU on 18 January

Prime Minister David Cameron is making his much-awaited speech on the UK’s relationship with the rest of Europe on this Friday, Downing Street has announced.

In an address billed for four days earlier than planned, Cameron is set to give his analysis on the future of Britain’s relationship in the European political bloc while in the Netherlands.

This comes after his warning this morning, on ITV’s Daybreak, that he was “not happy” with every aspect of the UK’s relationship with Europe and attacked the “bossiness” of Brussels.

However, he insisted that the “beating heart” of the British people wanted to remain in the EU.

Downing Street announced this afternoon on Twitter: “Prime Minister David Cameron to make speech on future of the #EU and UK’s relationship with it, in the Netherlands, on Friday 18 January.”

A Downing Street spokesman said the speech would be delivered to European diplomats, business leaders and “other interested parties”.

However, Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander said Cameron’s move raised more questions that it answered, warning:

“On Europe he’s not in control of the agenda or even his party. The gap between his backbenchers and our EU partners remains un-bridgeable.”

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