UK's Cameron Could Hold EU Referendum Earlier Than End of 2017, Seeks Treaty Change

Prime Minister David Cameron will hold a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union earlier than the end of 2017 if he can and wants EU treaty change as part of a renegotiation of ties, his spokesman said on Tuesday. Cameron, who won a majority in last Thursday's election, has been offered talks on reforms by European leaders but the EU executive has stressed that there can be no renegotiation of basic treaties. Cameron, who has previously given the end of 2017 as a deadline for holding the in-out referendum, will set out Britain's view of which reforms are needed at a meeting of EU leaders in late June, the spokesman said.