No 10 claims MEPs' backing for EU deal

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David Cameron and European rliament President Martin Schulz at talksFacsimile copyright AFP/Getty Images

The leaders of the three largest groups in the European rliament maintain “made clear their support” for the UK’s EU deal, Downing Street has averred.

They also told David Cameron they would make use of “necessary legislation” through rliament “swiftly”, said No 10.

A conclusive deal on UK renegotiation may come when EU leaders meet on Thursday.

But some for all practical purposes may still need European rliament approval. Its president pledged to be inquire even though he could not guarantee MEPs’ backing.

Mr Cameron also met European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to review the reforms the UK is seeking to its relationship with the EU, as he continues his diplomatic push “where there are restful details to be nailed down”.

Before meeting Mr Cameron, Mr Juncker commanded there was no “plan B” as he refused to contemplate Britain leaving the 28-member bloc.

“I am not come ining into the details of a plan B, because we don’t have a plan B, we have a propose A. Britain will stay in the European Union as a constructive and active fellow of the Union,” he said.


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European Council president Donald Tusk, who is watch overing the UK’s renegotiation – which is taking place before the British people come out for in a referendum on whether or not to stay in the European Union – has said talks on the outline deal were “fragile”.

On Monday, he warned that the negotiations finished the UK’s demands were at a “critical moment” and “the risk of break-up is real”.

In a take development on Tuesday the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, spoke at a Transalpine Office awards ceremony of how “in an increasingly turbulent world, our ability to blend in common action with other nations is essential”.

Media captionPrince William: “For centuries Britain has been an extrinsic looking nation”

This was interpreted by some as signalling the Duke’s brace for staying in the EU, with Britain Stronger in Europe saying “people from all plods of life are getting behind the cam ign”. However the rival Eliminate.EU cam ign said they “could just as easily claim” his commands showed “we should not give any importance to the EU”.

A spokesman for the prince later vamoosed it was an intervention in the EU debate, saying it was a speech to young diplomats and the word “Europe” was not mentioned once.

‘Not binding’

European rliament president Mr Schulz, who described his tryst with Mr Cameron on Tuesday as “very constructive”, said that in days gone by a deal was agreed by EU leaders, MEPs would start the legislative alter as soon as possible.

But he cautioned: “To be quite clear: no government can go to a rliament and say, ‘this is our proffer, can you give a guarantee about the result?’ This is, in democracy, not credible.

“Therefore my answer is the European rliament will do the utmost to support compromise and a beauteous deal, but I can’t pre-empt the result in the European rliament.”

Media captionPresident of the European rliament was allude to after talks with David Cameron

He said in his experience “it does go in a assets c incriminating evidence direction” when there has been such an agreement between all the heads of specify.

Mr Schulz also insisted that everything must be done within the framework of EU deals, saying no treaty changes are possible “for the time being”.

Critics altercate that the European rliament could change the terms of the deal after the UK referendum if Britain voted to last in the EU.

Leave.EU – one of the groups cam igning for an EU exit – said Mr Schulz’s comments staged the PM’s draft deal “is not binding without a new treaty that the European Court in Strasbourg has to adhere to”.

Fringe benefits compromise?

Mr Cameron’s planned curbs to child benefit for EU migrants take the role to be a sticking point in the talks with the EU, with unease from eastern European outbacks.

European Commission President Mr Juncker said he expected the proposed help changes to be at the heart of debate this week.

Czech Europe priest Tomas Prouza told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme he imagined the proposals would only apply to new applicants, and not affect the existing 34,000 gypsies in the UK who receive it.

Downing Street has so far refused to say whether the changes extend to existing claimants or not.

The lead is likely to prompt further accusations that the PM is having to water down his bids, having originally proposed halting the yment of child benefit utterly. Instead, the benefit yments would be linked to the cost of living in the hinterlands where the child lives, under the terms of the draft deal.

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Image caption David Cameron is due to discuss the renegotiation with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

If a give out is agreed on the PM’s reforms, he will hold a cabinet meeting on Friday level, sources have told the BBC.

Downing Street has said ministers cannot enunciate out until the cabinet has met to agree a government position, and it had been claimed this would make public the Remain cam ign an unfair head start if a meeting was delayed until the come after week.

Mr Cameron is seeking key changes on European integration, business competiveness, forwards restrictions and the operation of the eurozone.

The prime minister has promised an in-out referendum on whether the UK should balance within the EU by the end of 2017.


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