Prime Minister David Cameron says the EU deal will give UK a special status in the 28-state Union

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron  (File)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron (File)

Cameron says a deal struck with EU counterparts will give the UK “special status” and is enough for him to recommend remaining in the union, BBC reported.

Cameron said the agreement, reached after drawn-out talks in Brussels, would include a seven-year “emergency brake” on welfare payments.

He added the deal included changes to EU treaties and would be presented to his cabinet on Saturday at 10:00 GMT.

Once Mr Cameron has briefed his ministers at the cabinet meeting, they will be free to campaign for either side in the referendum, which has been promised by the end of 2017 but is expected in June.

The deal reached between all 28 EU member states comes after several leaders objected to Mr Cameron’s planned reforms.

The unanimous agreement reached at the EU summit was announced by European Council president Donald Tusk. A key sticking point, child benefit curbs, will apply to existing claimants from the start of 2020 and to new claimants as soon as new laws have been passed.

The UK will also be able to enact emergency safeguards to protect the City of London, Downing Street added, and EU treaties will be amended to state explicitly that references to the requirement to seek ever-closer union “do not apply to the United Kingdom”.




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