Stressed David Cameron Is Warned EU Leaders Plan To Water Down His Deal AGAIN At All-Night Talks Amid A Stand Off Over Benefit Curbs And Protections For The Euro

Among his meetings was Commission president Jean Claude Juncker, who has warned there is no 'plan B' considering what happens if Britain leaves the EU

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  • EU leaders will gather in Brussels tomorrow afternoon to try and end talks
  • A breakfast is planned for Friday morning to try and draw a line under deal 
  • East Europe is standing firm on benefits prompting 'watering down' claims 
  • France still has issues with the eurozone and regulation of the City
  • Tory MPs despair of the PM getting anything 'meaningful' from Europe

 David Cameron has been warned he will get nothing else from EU leaders as France digs in over City regulation and Eastern Europe rebels over migrant benefits.

The Prime Minister will travel back to Brussels tomorrow for a crucial summit he hopes will allow him to formally call the referendum as soon as Friday night.

Mr Cameron was said to be 'stressed' at yesterday's meetings in the European Parliament. 

But ahead of what could be all-night talks, Mr Cameron will be forced to defend his draft deal on several fronts.

EU Council president Donald Tusk has warned the leaders will have to 'walk an extra mile' to conclude the deal, while Polish Europe Minister Konrad Szymanski warned 'unless something changes we are in for a very long night'.

An English breakfast - which could become a brunch - has been planned in Brussels for Friday morning where the deal could be finalised. 

But following the latest talks, a new version of the agreement will emerge later today as behind the scenes discussions continue furiously until the EU leaders formally sit down tomorrow afternoon.

David Cameron, pictured following yesterday's meetings, faces a tense final few hours before EU leaders meet in Brussels tomorrow

A review of every country's negotiating position, published in The Telegraph, have revealed Mr Cameron's last minute visit to Paris on Monday night has failed to resolve French issues.

It makes clear Mr Cameron can expect no additions to his agreement.  

Francois Hollande has set out a series of red lines, including a bar on any veto of non-eurozone countries over the euro members. 

Concessions to Britain must not 'affect the operation of the euro area', France has insisted.

A block of eastern European nations have raised a series of objections to the draft deal on migrants.

Czech Europe minister Tomas Prouza yesterday insisted changes must only apply to new migrants.

He said the deal must mean 'people already in the UK can play according to the existing rules'. 

Sources told The Times some MEPs could be like 'monkeys with guns' when they get their hands on the deal - which will not happen until after the referendum.

The paper said Mr Cameron had appeared 'stressed' at yesterday's meetings, where he arrived late.  

Hungarian MEP Gyorgy Schopflin later told the BBC: 'I do like the idea of myself being a monkey with a gun.'

Even close allies such as Denmark, which is supportive of the deal, is eager to ensure the 'emergency brake' on migrant benefits is not picked up by other member states.

Tory MP Sarah Wollaston today suggested she was despairing of the chance for 'meaningful reform' as the latest news emerged from Brussels 

And eurosceptic Michael Fabricant today joked that even if the deal is as thin as some fear it will nevertheless be 'hailed as a huge triumph'

EU leaders will meet to discuss the UK renegotiation tomorrow afternoon in Brussels.

After an initial exchange of views, they will take a break for dinner during which they will discuss other issues such as the migrant crisis.

Boris Johnson, pictured in Downing Street today, had held further talks on his own position with Mr Cameron this morning but refused to make clear his views

EU leaders will meet to discuss the UK renegotiation tomorrow afternoon in Brussels.

After an initial exchange of views, they will take a break for dinner during which they will discuss other issues such as the migrant crisis.

Mr Tusk will then hold talks on the UK deal into the night, including one-on-one meetings with leaders.

A senior EU official said: 'We are ready to have an English breakfast ‎on Friday morning to complete the whole process.. it could be brunch.'

He said a 'war room of lawyers' will be on hand during the talks.

But Tory MPs made clear their dismay at the continuing rows.

Sarah Wollaston said: 'If the EU regards these homeopathic proposals as a 'contagion' there really is no hope of meaningful reform.'

Michael Fabricant added: 'One of the most relevant comments regarding our ''our demands'' was ''s that it''

'No doubt at end of week it'll be hailed as huge triumph.'

Boris Johnson was called to Downing Street today and after 40 minutes of talks said 'I'll be back' to waiting journalists. 

He is expected to make his position clear at the end of the week.  

It was made clear yesterday some of the most contentious aspects of Mr Cameron's expected agreement will not be debated and voted by MEPs until after Britain's referendum.

European Parliament president Martin Schulz insisted this was not a veto and added: 'I encourage British people to vote on the basis of the outcome of Thursday, to vote Yes. 

'Then we start a legislative procedure which will clarify and help to solve the problems addressed by the frame which will be, I hope, accepted on Thursday.'

Mr Cameron spent several hours at back to back meetings in Brussels yesterday before returning to London to continue his diplomatic efforts by phone 

Elsewhere today, a huge poll indicated most European voters want Britain to stay in the EU.

Lord Ashcroft, the former Tory peer, surveyed 28,000 people across the EU.

EU MIGRANTS COMMIT 700 CRIMES IN BRITAIN EVERY WEEK, FIGURES REVEAL 

 

British courts are handing out more than 700 convictions involving European Union migrants every week in the UK – a rise of nearly 40 per cent in five years.

In a fresh blow for EU backers, figures show that Europeans have been found guilty of 146,100 crimes – including murder and rape – since 2012.

Poles and Romanians are the worst offenders, fuelling fears over the impact of EU expansion.

But the statistics show that only 19,227 foreign crooks have been deported in the past four years – many of whom will have originally come from outside Europe.

Critics seized on the figures as evidence that the bloc's freedom of movement rules are routinely being abused.

Under an EU information-sharing system, British police forces notify counterparts in other member states if one of its citizens is convicted of a crime here.

The figures were released by the National Police Chiefs' Council under the Freedom of Information Act, which has exposed numerous public sector scandals but is now under threat from the Government.

They showed that last year 37,079 notifications were made. This is equivalent to 713 a week – or 101 convictions every day.

It compared to 27,056 notifications in 2010 – meaning there has been a 37 per cent increase for EU citizens in the UK. 

 

Overall, about 60 per cent of people want Britain to stay a member - and 10 per cent are eager to the UK and her demands out of the EU altogether.

Lord Ashcroft said support was strongest amongst Britain's 'old allies' such as Ireland, Malta and Portugal. 

Following yesterday's meetings, Mr Cameron's spokeswoman said the discussions had been 'useful'.

She said: 'At the European Parliament, he 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)].

'They all offered their support for solutions in each of the four 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.'

Mr Cameron has also spoken by phone to the Czech prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka after the country's Europe minister highlighted problems with the child benefit agreement.

Mr Cameron later spoke to key ally Mark Rutte by telephone and the Dutch Prime Minister agreed there was a 'good basis for a deal', Downing Street said.

  

Nigel Farage, left yesterday at the European Parliament, insisted Mr Cameron's deal would not work. Council president Donald Tusk, right, will chair tomorrow's talks and had been involved in his own diplomatic push

Mr Cameron rushed into Brussels 25 minutes late yesterday, pictured as he finally met with European Parliament president Martin Schulz

European Council president Donald Tusk, who was in Prague for talks with Mr Sobotka, confirmed that EU citizens currently working in the UK would not be affected by the proposed curbs on in-work benefits.

60 PER CENT OF EU CITIZENS WANT BRITAIN TO STAY, POLL SUGGESTS

Most European voters want Britain to stay in te EU, according to a huge poll.

Lord Ashcroft, the former Tory peer, surveyed 28,000 people across the EU.

Overall, about 60 per cent of people want Britain to stay a member - and 10 per cent are eager to the UK and her demands out of the EU altogether.

Lord Ashcroft said support was strongest amongst Britain's 'old allies' such as Ireland, Malta and Portugal. 

He said: 'This is not just because we are a net contributor to the budget – they actually seem to like us.

'When people gave favourability ratings for each of the other EU countries, plus some others, the UK came second to Sweden.

'The youngest participants, aged eighteen to twenty-four, gave us more positive ratings than any other age group.

 

He said 'unsolved problems' remained and there was 'an extra mile' to go before reaching an agreement, with the 'V4' Visegrad countries - the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia - having concerns.

Mr Tusk said: 'In the Czech Republic, as well as in other Visegrad countries, the issue of access to social benefits continues to be among the most sensitive.

'I believe that the proposal I have put on the table is fair and balanced for all.

'It protects the freedom of movement, while helping the UK to address all its concerns when it comes to their specific system of in-work benefits.

'The safeguard mechanism on access to in-work benefits is not designed to apply to EU citizens currently working in the UK.

'We will now have to sort out the remaining issues in a constructive spirit of trust and co-operation.

'The position of V4 is very clear. In view of that I have no doubts: There is an extra mile we will have to walk to reach an agreement.'

Never forget the horror of war in Europe as you weigh breaking up the European Union, warns D-Day veteran Lord Bramall 

Lord Bramall said he was the only politician alive with living memory of war in Europe

One of Britain's most decorated military veterans today warned of the damage a British exit from the EU could cause.

Field Marshall Lord Bramall, who served at D-Day and led the Army in reclaiming the Falkland Islands, said he was the only politician alive today with first hand knowledge of the horror of war in Europe.

In a letter to The Times, Lord Bramall said the question of peace in Europe had been forgotten amid rows over economics and national sovereignty. 

He said: 'If the answer to this more important question is that the damage would be devastating with a real risk of weakening if not unravelling the whole structure, then I believe our choice may look rather different.

'I suggest that a broken and demoralised Europe just across the Channel, lacking the practical influence of this country, would constitute a far greater threat to our future, indeed to the whole balance of power and equilibrium of the western world, than having to continue to endure some irritating and unnecessary meddling from Brussels.'

Lord Bramall warned of the 'devasation and appalling human suffering' caused by the last war in Europe.

He said it was 'inflicted on helpless people by ideological discord and rivalry.'

The retired crossbench peer said the Treaty of Rome, which established the first European community in 1958, had stopped such fighting occurring again. 

 

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