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‘Cameron steps up EU reform push with sweeping reshuffle’

Published on 16 July 2014 at 12:06


Prime minister David Cameron has made a major reshuffle in his cabinet on 15 July, after the resignation of Foreign Secretary William Hague. Hague has been replaced by the Defense secretary Philip Hammond, “a minister who has said he would vote for Britain to quit an unreformed EU”, writes the Financial Times and whose mission will be to “prepare a renegotiation of Britain’s membership of the EU”. Among others, Education secretary Michael Gove was replaced by former Treasury Minister Nicky Morgan. Cameron also appointed Lord Jonathan Hill, who until the reshuffle was the Conservative leader in the House of Lords, as the next UK’s European commissioner.
According to the British daily, although Cameron gave his government “a eurosceptic edge”,

his aides insist Mr Hammond will approach an EU renegotiation in a positive spirit and is determined to achieve reforms that will persuade Britain to vote Yes in the proposed 2017 referendum.

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