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British Prime Minister David Cameron has made two senior appointments that suggest a lack of confidence in his hopes to secure a new deal with the EU.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has made two senior appointments that suggest a lack of confidence in his hopes to secure a new deal with the EU.
(TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS)

Is U.K. preparing for possible EU exit?

David Cameron looks to be preparing for the possibility that his plan to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the European Union will fail. The U.K. Prime Minister would then campaign for the country to quit the EU in a referendum he plans to hold by 2017. That seems the best way to interpret his appointment of a euroskeptic foreign minister and the nomination of a little-known former lobbyist as Britain’s European commissioner.