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Cameron's overhaul of terms of Britain's EU membership gets backing

| Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, 9:12 p.m.

BRUSSELS — Prime Minister David Cameron edged closer to securing an overhaul of the terms of Britain's membership of the European Union as a result of a series of meetings in Brussels with lawmakers who will be pivotal in driving changes through the bloc's parliament.

Cameron won support from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who told lawmakers in Berlin that she'll do everything possible to get a deal at a summit of EU leaders starting Thursday to keep the U.K. in the EU, according to a party official who attended the closed-doors meeting Tuesday.

The prime minister met earlier in the day with senior European Parliament members, including the legislature's president, Martin Schulz, and the heads of the three biggest caucuses in an effort to win them over. Schulz said the assembly, which would need to pass certain provisions after a deal, would act “as fast as possible” to find solutions to the issues raised by the U.K.

“All three made clear their support for the proposals on the table and said they were ready to take any necessary EU legislation through the European Parliament swiftly,” Cameron's office said.

Cameron took his case to the EU's political and administrative nexus as the debate over Britain's membership in the 28-nation bloc entered a crucial phase that will determine whether his government calls an in-out referendum as soon as June.

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