UK Conservatives flex muscles but Europe tensions simmer

Conservative member of parliament and candidate for London Mayor Zac Goldsmith (L) speaks with British Prime Minister David Cameron on the sidelines of the annual Conservative party conference in Manchester, north west England on October 4, 2015Britain’s Conservatives began their annual conference on Sunday, seemingly buoyant after an unexpected electoral triumph — but old divisions on Europe are re-surfacing with a battle to succeed David Cameron looming. Faced with growing pressure from eurosceptic MPs within his centre-right party, Cameron refused to rule out campaigning for a British exit from the European Union. Cameron said he could not “guarantee” that his attempt to renegotiate the terms of Britain’s EU membership would be successful ahead of a planned in-or-out referendum due to be held by 2017.

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