UK Prime Minister David Cameron is ramping up efforts to find agreement on a new EU membership deal for Britain. As Kirsty Basset reports, German chancellor Angela Merkel has offered her verbal support - but there are still challenges ahead for Cameron before next week's key EU summit.
They'll do everything they can to reach a compromise, to ensure Britain remains in the EU. That was the message from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, at a meeting in Berlin. (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL SAYING: "We will try to do everything, while respecting all principles which make up the European Union such as the principle of freedom of movement, to find a compromise for Great Britain with David Cameron." A sentiment echoed by France's finance minister a day earlier- as diplomats and officials say no one is willing to derail a deal to help keep the EU's second biggest economy from quitting. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH FINANCE MINISTER, MICHEL SAPIN, SAYING: "France profoundly believes that Great Britain's place is inside the European Union." It comes as a Reuters survey of economists said Britain's economy would be worse off if the country decides to leave the EU. They also gave it a 40 per cent chance of happening. Charles Stanley's Jeremy Batstone-Carr says undecided voters will play a key role. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHARLES STANLEY, CHIEF ECONOMIST, JEREMY BATSTONE-CARR, SAYING: "We are seeing a substantial number of people in the 'don't know' camp and these waverers are I think the key battleground. So it's going to be very important that the right message is imparted to the waverers and that will mean strong government." British and EU negotiators have agreed much of a reform package already. The tricky final issues such as migration, are expected to be settled by leaders at a summit next week. And Cameron is expected to launch the official referendum campaign later this month.