DESPERATE David Cameron has appealed for Germany to help him to keep Britain in the European Union.
The Prime Minister yesterday held talks with Angela Merkel as part of his drive to renegotiate the UK’s membership of the EU.
They pair discussed progress on a deal with the German chancellor after dinner at a conference in Bavaria.
And Mr Cameron told a German newspaper the two countries were “key allies” and had to cooperate to make the union “more prosperous”.
He admitted support for the EU among Britons had “declined over many years” but insisted his planned proposals will “address [their] concerns”.
He said: “The problems in the EU that we are trying to fix are problems for Germany and other European partners too.”
He added: “Securing these changes will mean we can continue our EU partnership into the future. And they will make the EU safer and more prosperous for generations to come.”
Downing Street hopes a deal can be secured at a summit of EU leaders next month, potentially paving the way for the decisive poll in June or October.
The main sticking point appears to be Mr Cameron’s demand for a four-year ban on migrants to Britain getting in-work benefits.
Downing Street said the two leaders “agreed that work should continue at pace, building on the progress which had been made at the last European Council”.
Later the Prime Minister will travel to Hungary for discussions with counterpart Viktor Orban in Budapest.
Mr Cameron’s spokeswoman said the talks with Mr Orban would cover “a range of issues” including the migrant crisis.
They are also expected to discuss the bilateral relationship and his planned proposals of the 28-member bloc.