EU's Barroso to Britain: Don't alienate your friends in Europe

October 19, 2014 10:56 PM

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EU's Barroso to Britain: Don't alienate your friends in Europe

LONDON (Reuters) - European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso will on Monday issue a plea to Britain not to isolate itself in Europe by picking fights over immigration, saying that European Union membership boosts British international clout.

Britain's future in the 28-country trading bloc has been thrown into question by Prime Minister David Cameron, who has adopted an increasingly defiant stance on immigration to tackle the threat of the anti-EU UK Independence Party. UKIP's rising popularity threatens his bid for re-election in 2015.

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