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Cameron: 'I'm open to alternatives on EU welfare reform'

David Cameron is welcomed by Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka at government headquarters in Prague Credit: REUTERS/David W Cerny

David Cameron has indicated he is willing to discuss alternatives to his proposals for reforms of the EU welfare system.

His proposal for a four-year ban on migrants claiming in-work benefits while in the UK has been something of a stumbling block in negotiations so far.

In a press conference with Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, Mr Cameron said he was happy to discuss the proposals and welcomed any alternatives.

He has been working to persuade Slovakia, Poland and Hungary, as well as the Czech Republic, to support the plans.

Cameron arrives in Prague for EU talks

David Cameron with Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka Credit: Reuters

David Cameron has arrived in Prague for the final stop on his diplomatic tour of Europe. The Prime Minister has been speaking to European leaders ahead of a vital summit next month on his demands for reform of the EU.

He arrived from the World Economic Forum in Davos where he had already made his case to a number of his fellow EU leaders.

While in the Czech capital, Mr Cameron will hold talks with his counterpart Bohuslav Sobotka and President Milos Zeman.

Mr Cameron said on Thursday if a suitable agreement is reached next month he will "sell it very hard" to the public ahead of the promised in/out referendum.

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