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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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EU Parliament President: 'No guarantees' on EU deal

The president of the European Parliament has promised to deal with David Cameron's demands for a reformed EU "constructively" but can offer no guarantees the parliament will agree to them.

He said:

The European Parliament will take it immediately on board and start the legislative process and will try to be as fast as possible and as constructive as necessary.

But to be quite clear, I can't give a guarantee for an outcome of future legislation...

No government can go to the Parliament and say: this is our proposal, can you give a guarantee about the result. This is not possible in a democracy.

– Martin Schultz, president of the European Parliament

Speaking after what he called "a constructive meeting" meeting with David Cameron, he insisted any changes to the UK's relationship with the EU must be within the European Union treaty as "no treaty changes for the time being are possible".

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