The package of EU reforms offered to David Cameron is non-negotiable and Britain will be offered no further concessions, the French President has said.
Francois Hollande warned that there would be “no new adjustments or new negotiations” to the draft package of measures, which include curbs on migrant benefits and red tape.
The warning comes as Mr Cameron meets with Mr Tusk again this morning in London to discuss efforts to get other EU leaders to sign up to the deal – a process which is still far from certain.
Despite Mr Hollande’s refusal to consider further changes, he was positive about the current package, referring to it as a “compromise”.
“We want the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union,” Mr Hollande told reporters, according to the AFP news agency.
“The compromise that has been found will likely allow us to find solutions to problems that until now seemed difficult to resolve.
“But at the European Council there can be no new adjustments or new negotiations.
"We have reached a point that should give Britons the reassurances needed while respecting European principles.”
Mr Hollande made the comments at a press conference after a meeting with Polish prime minister Beata Szydlo, whose support for the reform plan is far from certain.
UK news in pictures
UK news in pictures
1/18 23 June 2017
British Prime Minister Theresa May addresses a news conference at the EU summit in Brussels, Belgium, June 23, 2017
2/18 22 June 2017
Cosplay fans (L-R) George Massingham, Abbey Forbes and Karolina Goralik travel by tube dressed in Harry Potter themed costumes, after a visit to one the literary franchise's movie filming locations at Leadenhall Market in London, Britain
3/18 22 June 2017
Racegoers cheer on their horse on Ladies Day at the Royal Ascot horse racing meet, in Ascot, west of London
4/18 21 June 2017
A reveller walks among the tipi tents at the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts on Worthy Farm near the village of Pilton in Somerset, South West England
5/18 20 June 2017
A police officer lays some flowers passed over by a member of the public, close to Finsbury Park Mosque in north London, after one man died and eight people were taken to hospital and a person arrested after a rental van struck pedestrian
The Borough Market bell is seen in Borough Market in central London following its re-opening after the June 3 terror attack
Two women embrace in Borough Market, which officially re-opens today following the recent attack, in central London
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan attends the re-opening of Borough market in central London following the June 3 terror attack
People walk through Borough Market in central London following its re-opening after the June 3 terror attack
News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch, with one of his daughters, visit Borough Market, which officially re-opened today following the recent attack
A woman reacts in front of a wall of messages in Borough Market, which officially re-opened today following the recent attack, in central London
Vivenne Westwood walks the runway at the Vivenne Westwood show during the London Fashion Week Men's June 2017 collections
Millwall fan and London Bridge hero Roy Larner on 'Good Morning Britain'
Richard Arnold, Roy Larner, Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on 'Good Morning Britain'
15/18 11 June 2017
England players celebrate after defeating Venezuela 1-0 to win the final of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea 2017 at Suwon World Cup Stadium in Suwon, South Korea
16/18 11 June 2017
England players celebrate with the trophy after the final match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2017 between Venezuela and England at Suwon World Cup Stadium in Suwon, South Korea
17/18 11 June 2017
Great Britain's Alistair Brownlee celebrates winning the Elite Men Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds
Danny Lawson/PA Wire
18/18 11 June 2017
Two men drink beer outside the Southwark Tavern which reopened for business today next to an entrance to Borough Market which remains closed in London
Ms Szydlo had previously admitted to “substantial political differences” with Mr Cameron’s EU reform goals after holding late-night talks with him in December.
Public opinion in many central and eastern European countries is strongly against restrictions on migration to Britain as many have substantial migrant populations in the UK.
Politicians of all stripes in that region have stressed that any deal must not discriminate against their populations.
Mr Cameron also faces opposition to the deal at home as well as abroad. Eurosceptic Tory MPs and newspapers have branded the deal “thin gruel” and “a joke” while a poll conducted by Sky News found other two thirds of the public believe it is “bad for Britain”.
The PM pledged “hand on heart” earlier this week that he had achieved the renegotiation goals set out in his manifesto, but there are in fact substantial shortfalls – notably on a failure to totally ban EU migrants from claiming in-work benefits for four years.
The Conservatives have pledged to hold an EU referendum before the end of 2017 following the renegotiations, which were hoped to shore-up support for the UK remaining in Europe.
That referendum now looks likely to be held as early as this June.
- More about:
- EU referendum
- European Union
- EU Renegotiation
- David Cameron
- Francois Hollande
- Donald Tusk