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PM makes 'brief' pitch to EU leaders on reform

Prime Minister David Cameron has made a "brief" pitch to his colleagues in the European Union about plans to reform the UK's deal.

He had hoped to use tonight's meal during the two-day summit in Brussels to pave the way for formal discussions, which have now officially entered their 'technical' stage.

ITV News deputy political correspondent Chris Ship tweeted:

Cameron to put EU reform plans on table tonight

At some point over dinner tonight, the Prime Minister will address leaders of the 27 other EU nations today for the first time in a bid to kick-start formal talks on on reform of Britain's membership.

He called it a "significant milestone" but other leaders were focused on the migrant crisis and Greece on the brink of default.

Cameron wants to restrict EU migrant benefits, an opt-out of the founding principle 'ever closer union' and protection for the UK being overruled by euro-currency member states.

ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports:

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