LONDON — British Prime Minister David Cameron hopes to negotiate fundamental changes in his country’s membership of the European Union that can then be put to the country in a referendum.

He is expected to lay out plans for his views on Britain’s relationship with the EU in a speech Friday in the Netherlands.

Ahead of the long-awaited speech, Cameron said Monday that he does not favor an immediate in-or-out vote on membership in the EU, saying that is a false choice.

Cameron said he favors staying in the 27-member EU and he is confident of achieving changes, which would make membership more comfortable for Britain.

Sharp divisions over Europe have long led to fractures in Cameron’s Conservative Party.