Of course, his party is deeply divided over it and many of his backbenchers will certainly use their influence to force him to take a tougher line in the negotiations, making it harder for him to reach agreement with his EU partners. Nevertheless, there are four key areas in which Cameron wants reforms:
- An opt-out from the treaty aspiration of ever-closer union of the people of Europe.
- Safeguards for the City of London against eurozone caucusing.
- Less bureaucracy and regulation, particularly those that can bog down the smallest firms, and more focus on aiding competition.
- Leeway to restrict in-work benefits paid to workers from the rest of the EU.