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EU row: Cameron has 'low opinion of British people'

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has accused the Prime Minister of having "a low opinion of the British people" by downplaying the UK's prospects if it left the EU.

It comes after a Sunday newspaper column in which David Cameron accused MPs backing an EU exit of wanting to take "the gamble of the century" with the country's future.

Amid rising tensions between the pro- and anti-Brexit camps, Mr Cameron has reportedly been threatened with a challenge to his leadership unless he tones down attacks on MPs backing the "leave" campaign.

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Cameron to hold talks with Hollande ahead of EU summit

David Cameron will meet Francois Hollande on Monday. Credit: PA

David Cameron will travel to Paris this evening for talks with President Francois Hollande ahead of this week's crunch EU summit, Downing Street has announced.

The Prime Minister must win over Mr Hollande on proposals for protections for non-eurozone states, which have caused consternation in the French capital.

Mr Cameron is insisting on legally-binding assurances that countries which do not use the single currency will not face discrimination as the eurozone integrates further.

But France has made clear that it will resist anything which looks like special treatment for the City of London.

The meeting comes at the start of a key week for Mr Cameron's EU renegotiation, with leaders set to try to agree a deal at a European Council summit on Thursday and Friday.

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