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EU Commission President calls Britain for fair deal on European Agenda

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 06:19 GMT, Apr 29, 2015 |
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Jean-Claude Juncker, the EU Commission President says he wants a “fair deal” for the UK in Europe and does not rule out making minor changes to EU treaties. He said it was too early to decide what treaty changes might be necessary. Mr Juncker said he did not want Britain to leave the EU, but also did not want Britain to impose a European agenda which would not be shared by others.

Freedom of movement is a core EU value. The UK Conservatives want EU reforms ahead of any referendum on membership. Many observers believe that Prime Minister David Cameron would need to get changes to the EU treaties before the in/out referendum he would like to hold in 2017, after renegotiating the UK’s membership terms. The referendum depends on whether the Conservatives can win re-election on 7 May.

Treaty change could be possible, the president of the European Commission conceded, though not on major issues such as freedom of movement in the EU. All in all, he said, he wanted Britain to get a fair deal. He insisted that had been his opinion all along and expressed frustration that some in Britain gave the impression he had just recently changed his mind.