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EU Referendum: Boris Johnson says ‘No deal’

David Cameron seeks the support of Boris Johnson on the EU deal one day before the Brussels summit.

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The Mayor of London visited Prime Minister  at 10 Downing Street today for final discussions before tomorrow’s Brussels Summit.

Mr Cameron who phone-called European leaders on a final round before tomorrow, wants to gain Johnsons’ support in his EU campaign.

‘I’ll be back. No deal as far as I know’ he replied while leaving number 10 and asked whether the deal was good enough.

According to BBC’s report, Mr Johnsons’ decision on whether to back remaining or leaving the EU is “very finely balanced”.

What is the Brussels Summit?

Tomorrow Heads of state and Government of the European Union will be meeting in Brussels. The summit will be dealing with two main challenges: The United Kingdom’s future membership of the European Union and the migration crisis.

The Meeting which will be held at the buildings of the Council of the European Union, Rue de la Loi, will continue from Thursday 18th to Friday 19th of February.

What does Cameron want?

  • Reforms over United Kingdom European Union Membership
  • Recognition of the currency
  • Changes to migrants’ welfare benefits
  • Leave the ‘ever- closer union’
Prime Minister during a summit with EU and US President Obama
Prime Minister during a summit with EU and US President Obama

Countries such as Belgium, France, Hungary and Spain oppose David Cameron’s reforms.

Yesterday, President of the European Council, Donald Tusk attended his last meeting in Prague before the Brussels summit. Mr Tusk said EU leaders would have to go an “extra mile” to reach an agreement.

He also mentioned the draft of his proposals for a new settlement for the UK:

“First on Britain: At stake is the United Kingdom as a member of the EU. A question which ultimately only the British people will decide. But the answer will affect us all. At stake are also changes to the functioning of the European Union, where we will all have to decide together, and where we cannot and will not compromise on our freedoms and values. It is in this spirit that I drafted my proposal for a new settlement for the UK in the EU.”

Sub-edited by Giovanni Prati