BRUSSELS British Prime Minister David Cameron expects a “substantive discussion” with fellow EU leaders subsequent month on his demands for reforms of the bloc, officials mentioned right after talks on Sunday with the EU’s chief negotiator.
“All EU leaders will have a substantive discussion of the UK renegotiation at next month’s European Council as planned,” Cameron’s workplace mentioned in a statement following he met European Council President Donald Tusk following an EU meeting in Brussels.
EU officials echoed the British statement that there had been “excellent progress” in negotiations aimed at persuading Cameron that he can urge voters to assistance continued membership of the European Union in a referendum he plans within two years.
But EU officials also cautioned that, while the British reform demands would be on the agenda of the subsequent European Council on Dec. 17-18, it would be difficult to attain a final deal. That assessment tallies with the view of numerous EU diplomats involved in talks with Tusk’s staff this month.
Tusk, a fellow conservative and the former prime minister of Poland, met Cameron after both took portion in a summit with the Turkish premier on Europe’s migration crisis.
Officials mentioned they discussed the round of talks that Tusk’s staff have held with representatives of all 27 other member states because Cameron sent a formal letter on Nov. 10 setting out adjustments he wants if he is not to push for Britain to leave.
Cameron’s workplace said: “They agreed that we continue to make good progress. Although some places are far more difficult than other people, discussions are ongoing with member states to find solutions and agree reforms in all 4 regions outlined in the PM’s letter.
“These discussions will continue in the coming days, like with bilaterals (meetings) amongst the PM and other European leaders in Paris tomorrow,” it added, referring to the gathering on Monday for the start off of U.N. climate talks.
Also in Brussels on Sunday, Cameron secured a mixture of help and warning from the new government of Poland, a key player in negotiations as the most significant of ex-Communist eastern EU states concerned by Cameron’s efforts to cut immigration.
“Poland has a major interest in stopping any British EU exit. We are ready to help British demands as regards changes to their treaty obligations and possibly also changes to the European Union’s treaty architecture,” Poland’s new Europe minister Konrad Szymanski told reporters.
But the new right-wing, Eurosceptic government has produced clear it wants to defend the interests of the a lot of Poles operating in Britain and is concerned about Cameron’s demand that individuals from other EU states perform for four years in Britain before becoming entitled to identical positive aspects as Britons.
“The only matter of absolute principle is differentiating between individuals within the EU based on their passport,” said Szymanski.
New Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo mentioned she anticipated Cameron to go to Warsaw soon.
(Writing by Alastair Macdonald Editing by Richard Balmforth)