EU, UK Reach Deal to Keep Britain in European Union

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The European Union and British Prime Minister David Cameron reached a deal Friday to secure European Union reforms before a referendum on Britain’s membership in the 28-nation alliance.

After two days of intense negotiations, EU President Donald Tusk announced the deal on Twitter late Friday.

Eastern European members of the EU object to proposals made by Cameron that would restrict access to some social welfare benefits by EU workers living in the United Kingdom. France does not want Britain’s financial industry, with which it competes for business, to be more lightly regulated than its own.

The EU said it would hold a migrants summit with Turkey in March following talks at the meeting. “(The EU-Turkey) joint action plan with Turkey remains a priority and we must do all we can to succeed,” EU chief Donald Tusk said.

The EU has promised Turkey billions of dollars as well as concessions over its ambitions to join the group in return for more help clamping down on the number of people try to reach Europe. More than 2 million Syrian refugees are in Turkey.

A specific date for the summit has not been set. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande were meeting on the sidelines of the summit Friday to discuss the migration crisis.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Jane Onyanga-Omara and Kim Hjelmgaard