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Cameron's Deal With EU 'Hollow' Victory, UK Needs to 'Take Back Control'

© Flickr / Giorgos VintzileosThe Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, London, UK.
The Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, London, UK. - Sputnik International
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The deal secured by British Prime Minister David Cameron on the United Kingdom's EU membership does not represent any improvement in Britain's position inside the bloc, the CEO of the Vote Leave anti-EU campaign said Saturday.

MOSCOW, February 20 (Sputnik) — EU leaders met in Brussels on February 18-19 to discuss the United Kingdom’s future in the bloc, reaching an agreement on Britain’s EU reform proposals.

"He [Cameron] will now declare victory but it is an entirely hollow one: the EU courts are still in control of our borders and our laws, we still send £350 million a week to the EU instead of spending it here on our priorities and we have not taken back any control," Matthew Elliott wrote in a statement posted on the campaign's website.

British Prime Minister David Cameron gets into his car as he leaves a European Union leaders summit, in Brussels, Belgium, early February 19, 2016. - Sputnik International
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He added that the deal was not legally binding and "can be ripped up by EU politicians and unelected EU judges" making it as valid as an unsigned contract.

"The only way to get real change is to Vote Leave and take back control — that is the safer choice," Elliott pointed out.

Cameron pledged to hold a referendum on whether the United Kingdom should remain in the European Union as part of his party’s campaign during the general elections in May 2015.

Ahead of the vote, Cameron sought to revise the terms of his country's membership of the bloc, centering on four key issues — shifting power away from EU authorities back to the UK national legislature, exempting Britain from the EU "superstate" principle, stripping the euro as the single official EU currency, and protecting the British economy by keeping eurozone members away from non-eurozone countries’ affairs.

After Friday's agreement, Cameron said he would campaign for Britain to stay in the bloc as the new deal guaranteed a special status for the United Kingdom within the European Union and delivered on the reform commitments he had made. The referendum to decide on the country's future in the European Union is set to take place on June 23.

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