Cameron Considering Invitation to Speak to EU Parliament

David Cameron is thinking over an invitation to appear before the European Parliament to explain his position on renegotiating the U.K.’s membership in the European Union, his spokeswoman said.

The British prime minister told Martin Schulz, president of the 28-nation parliament, that “he’d give the invitation serious consideration,” the spokeswoman, Helen Bower, told reporters in London.

Cameron has promised to hold a referendum on Britain’s membership in the EU before the end of 2017. While he has briefed national leaders on his plan to win back powers in areas such as migration and to protect the interests of non-euro countries, he has never addressed the bloc’s 751-seat assembly.

“This is a chance for him to finally put his cards on the table in a transparent manner,” Guy Verfhofstadt, the EU lawmaker who initiated the invitation, said in an e-mail. Verhofstadt said he understood that Cameron had accepted the request “in principle.”

Officials working for Cameron and the EU Parliament are trying to find a suitable date for his appearance, said Jeroen Reijnen, spokesman for Verhofstadt’s Liberal group.