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Prime Minister David Cameron arrives at the City Hall, Hamburg, where he is greeted by Chancellor Merkel and First Mayor of Hamburg, Olaf Scholz.

When the Eastern Bloc rejected Cameron’s reforms agenda, he bagged the support of three largest groups….reports Asian Lite News

Prime Minister David Cameron arrives at the City Hall, Hamburg, where he is greeted by Chancellor Merkel and First Mayor of Hamburg, Olaf Scholz.
Prime Minister David Cameron arrives at the City Hall, Hamburg, where he is greeted by Chancellor Merkel and First Mayor of Hamburg, Olaf Scholz.

Prime Minister David Cameron met European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to discuss the reforms agenda as he continues his diplomatic efforts to garner support.

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

They also told David Cameron they would take “necessary legislation” through parliament “swiftly”, said No 10.

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

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

“At the European Parliament, Cameron met with the President of the European Parliament and the MEPs who are representing the Parliament in the negotiations on the UK’s proposed reforms – Elmar Brok (EPP), Roberto Gualtieri (S&D) and Guy Verhofstadt (ALDE),” said a spokesman at Downing Street . “They all offered their support for solutions in each of the 4 areas and, in particular, committed to work hard to ensure that the relevant secondary legislation on the emergency brake and child benefit is swiftly adopted by the Parliament.

“The Prime Minister also met with the chairs of the three largest groups in the European Parliament – Gianni Pittella, Chair of the Socialist and Democrats; Manfred Weber, Chair of the European People’s Party and Syed Kamall, Chair of the European Conservatives and Reformist Groups. All three made clear their support for the proposals on the table and said they were ready to take any necessary EU legislation through the European Parliament swiftly.

“The Prime Minister then went on to meet the President of the European Commission. They agreed that the talks on the UK renegotiation had progressed well since the publication of the draft proposals by the President of the European Council. They focused on those issues where there are still details to be nailed down in order to pave the way for an agreement at this week’s summit.”

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

But some parts may still need European Parliament approval. Its president pledged to be constructive even though he could not guarantee MEPs’ backing, BBC reported.