Cameron said good progress had been made at the EU summit
Prime Minister David Cameron said a pathway has been created for Britain to secure a deal to renegotiate its relationship with the EU.
The British prime minister said “good progress” had been made at the EU summit in Brussels, but it would be tough to find agreement at the next meeting in February.
He is facing opposition over his demand to stop EU migrants receiving in-work benefits for four years.
European Council president Donald Tusk said it was a “make or break moment”.
Mr Cameron wants to get a new deal for the UK before putting its membership to an in-out referendum by the end of 2017.
He is seeking changes on four issues. As well as controls on migrant benefits, he is also demanding protection for countries outside the eurozone, measures to boost competitiveness and an exemption for the UK from the drive towards an “ever-closer union”.
During the dinner with other EU leaders, Cameron said the “unprecedented” numbers of migrants coming into the UK could result in the British public voting to leave the EU. However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has already said she would dismiss any deal that was “discriminatory” or counter to the principle of freedom of movement.
After the summit with the British leader, the heads of several Eastern European countries, including Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, issued a joint statement, stating that EU laws can not be changed to discriminate against their citizens.