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EU president warns Britain: bloc's fundamental values 'not for sale'

  • British Prime Minister David Cameron, left, shakes hands with European Council President Donald Tusk during a meeting on the sidelines of an EU summit in Brussels, on Thursday, June 25, 2015. (Julien Warnand/Pool Photo via AP)

    British Prime Minister David Cameron, left, shakes hands with European Council President Donald Tusk during a meeting on the sidelines of an EU summit in Brussels, on Thursday, June 25, 2015. (Julien Warnand/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • British Prime Minister David Cameron, right, speaks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, June 25, 2015. EU leaders met for an EU summit to discuss, among other issues, migration and the Greek bailout. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    British Prime Minister David Cameron, right, speaks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, June 25, 2015. EU leaders met for an EU summit to discuss, among other issues, migration and the Greek bailout. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)  (The Associated Press)

The European Union's president is warning Britain that he's open to suggestions on how the bloc must change, but that "the fundamental values of the European Union are not for sale and so are non-negotiable."

EU President Donald Tusk spoke Thursday as bloc leaders gathered for a summit in Brussels.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said he'll use the two-day event to explain to other heads of state and government that the 28-nation EU must reform or risk losing the backing of a majority of British voters.

Cameron and his Conservative Party won a general election in May. Cameron has promised a referendum by 2017 on whether Britain, an EU member since 1973, stays in the bloc or not.