European Union leaders have been told to book hotel rooms for another night as the EU summit drags on. Here are the latest updates
- European Council President Donald Tusk says UK in EU deal has been made
- The two-day summit ends today but a quick agreement looked unlikely after talks through the night
- France and Belgium want a 'take it or leave' deal
- What effect will the negotiations have on you?
- Mr Cameron was told his benefits plan is unacceptable
- The European Parliament says the deal won't be binding
- What other European countries think of the UK's plan
- Boris Johnson isn't convinced by the PM's proposal
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The Prime Minister held several “hard going” meetings with European Council president Donald Tusk and French president Francois Hollande before leaving at around 5.30am, Brussels time, (4.30am GMT).
He will return to the negotiations later on Friday, Downing Street said, starting with another meeting with Mr Tusk.
Mr Cameron is engaged in a last-ditch bid to secure an EU reform deal which will allow him to call a referendum on British membership on 23 June.
He made no comment as he left following hours of negotiations that also involved the Czech and Belgian prime ministers.
What has the EU ever done for us?
What has the EU ever done for us?
1/7 1. It gives you freedom to live, work and retire anywhere in Europe
As a member of the EU, UK citizens benefit from freedom of movement across the continent. Considered one of the so-called four pillars of the European Union, this freedom allows all EU citizens to live, work and travel in other member states.
2/7 2. It sustains millions of jobs
A report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research, released in October 2015, suggested 3.1 million British jobs were linked to the UK’s exports to the EU.
3/7 3. Your holiday is much easier - and safer
Freedom to travel is one of the most exercised benefits of EU membership, with Britons having made 31 million visits to the EU in 2014 alone. But a lot of the benefits of being an EU citizen are either taken for granted or go unnoticed.
4/7 4. It means you're less likely to get ripped off
Consumer protection is a key benefit of the EU’s single market, and ensures members of the British public receive equal consumer rights when shopping anywhere in Europe.
5/7 5. It offers greater protection from terrorists, paedophiles, people traffickers and cyber-crime
Another example of a lesser-known advantage of EU membership is the benefit of cross-country coordination and cooperation in the fight against crime.
6/7 6. Our businesses depend on it
According to 71% of all members of the Confederation of British Influence (CBI), and 67 per cent of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the EU has had an overall positive impact on their business.
7/7 7. We have greater influence
Robin Niblett, Director of think-tank Chatham House, stated in a report published last year: “For a mid-sized country like the UK, which will never again be economically dominant either globally or regionally, and whose diplomatic and military resources are declining in relative terms, being a major player in a strong regional institution can offer a critical lever for international influence.
“We have made some progress but a lot still remains to be done,” Mr Tusk said following dinner late on Thursday night.
A Downing Street source said: ”It's hard going. Some signs of progress but nothing yet agreed and still a lot to do.”
Mr Cameron has warned EU leaders that he was ready to walk away from their summit in Brussels without a deal unless they gave ground on key British demands and provided him with a “credible” package he can sell to voters.
Key points of contention are said to be including migrant welfare, child benefit, relations with the Eurozone, treaty change and a British exemption from the requirement for “ever-closer union”.
If a deal is reached, Mr Cameron is expected to hurry back to London for a special Cabinet meeting to endorse the agreement and set a referendum date.
Additional reporting by PAReuse content