Despite rumours it would be pushed back, David Cameron insists there will “substantive discussions” at the December European Council of Britain’s settlement in Europe.
A spokesman from Number 10 has said;
“The Prime Minister and the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, discussed the UK renegotiation in a bilateral meeting after the EU-Turkey summit. They agreed that we continue to make good progress. While some areas are more difficult than others, discussions are ongoing with Member States to find solutions and agree reforms in all four areas outlined in the PM’s letter to the European Council President.These discussions will continue in the coming days”
Whilst Britain’s involvement with the EU remains highly contested, EU officials maintain that Cameron will successfully urge voters to support continued membership of the EU in a referendum he plans in two years time.
Konrad Szymanski, Poland’s new European minister has said;
“Poland has a major interest in preventing any British EU exit. We are ready to support British demands as regards changes to their treaty obligations and possibly also changes to the European Union’s treaty architecture,”
As well on discussions on Britain’s place in the EU, talks regarding Turkey’s membership will also re-open, with Donald Tusk stating the topic has been “re-energised”.