Cameron says UK must stay close to the EU after Brexit

Reuters , Monday 11 Jul 2016

British Prime Minister David Cameron reads a programme in the royal box on centre court before the men's singles final match on the last day of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 10, 2016 (Photo: AFP)

David Cameron said it was in Britain's fundamental interest to remain very close to the European Union when it renegotiates a new relationship with the bloc it voted to leave in a referendum last month.

Speaking to global aerospace executives at the Farnborough airshow, Cameron said Britain must accept the reality of the vote and must make it work, including forging a new relationship with its European partners.

"The big strategic decisions are for the next prime minister but the groundwork is underway," he said on Monday.

"All I would say about the outcome is this: I believe it is in our fundamental national and economic interest to remain very close to the European Union, for trade, for business, for security, for cooperation. So let that be our goal."

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