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PM: Britain a step closer to striking EU reforms deal

David Cameron has said Britain is a step closer to getting a better EU deal after summit talks in Brussels.

The Prime Minister said the meeting had been "difficult" but Britain was "on a pathway" to striking a deal in February.

Other EU leaders have called Cameron's immigration demands, which include banning migrant benefits until they have been in the country four years, "unacceptable".

Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic issued a statement rejecting any British demands that are "discriminatory" or limits free movement of EU citizens.

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Four EU states reject any 'discriminatory' UK demands

Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic have issued a statement rejecting any British demands of the European Union that are discriminatory or that limits free movement of their respective citizens.

The move from the four eastern European states appears to be a setback to David Cameron's current proposals. Credit: PA

David Cameron has outlined plans to limit the migrant worker's access to benefits for four years as part of his proposals to renegotiate Britain's membership of the European Union.

"We can support those elements of UK reform proposals with a potential to modernise the European Union, especially as concerns increasing competitiveness and a stronger role of national parliaments," the four countries, called the Visegrad group, said.

"However, as the Visegrad Group countries consider the freedom of movement one of the fundamental values of the European Union, proposals regarding this area remain the most sensitive issue for us. In this respect, we will not support any solutions which would be discriminatory or limit free movement", the statement added.

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