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British Prime Minister David Cameron will campaign for Britain to stay in the EU

He says Britain will not adopt the euro or become "part of a European superstate"

Date for national referendum is set for June 23

CNN —  

Now the campaign for the future of Britain, the argument over its place in the world, really begins. The day of decision is just four months away.

Once the seat of a global empire on which, as it was said, the sun never set, the United Kingdom faces a stark choice: whether to continue to participate in the grand experiment called the European Union, or whether, in a sense, to pull up the drawbridge and stay home.

During marathon meetings in Belgium this week, British Prime Minister David Cameron wrung concessions from the reluctant leaders of the EU’s 27 other countries. His country will have special status in the EU. If it stay in the EU at all.

Britain, it is now understood by all, will never commit to “ever closer union,” which has been the central goal of the EU and its predecessor organizations for decades. And it will not have to give child-tax credits or other financial aid to European Union citizens in financial distress for the first seven years, even when they come from other EU countries.

So Cameron has won his country special status within the European Union. Now he has called a referendum for Thursday, June 23, to give voters the chance the Labor Party long denied them – to go the the voting booth and, should that be their desire, tell the EU to shove it.

The choice facing UK voters will be whether to have outsized global influence in situations such as those in Ukraine or Iran, by participating in a huge international organization, or whether or to go it alone, and retain a greater degree of sovereignty than participation an organization like the EU allows.