UK PM Says He Secured 'Special Status' in EU

World » EU | February 20, 2016, Saturday // 08:44
Bulgaria: UK PM Says He Secured 'Special Status' in EU British Prime Minister David Cameron. Photo by BGNES

An agreement was reached on Friday evening between the EU and the United Kingdom in Brussels, amid fears Britons could vote to leave the union in a forthcoming referendum.

After a two-day EU summit on Thursday and Friday that almost went into Saturday, Cameron is quoted by the BBC as saying a "special status" is given to the UK by the deal.

In his words, the package includes a seven-year "emergency brake" on welfare payments, an exemption from other countries' effort to seek an ever-closer political union,, cuts in child benefits for the children of EU migrants leaving overseas (one of the most disputed points), and an "emergency safeguard" to protect the City of London.

Cameron asserted after the summit he would campaign for the country to stay in the EU.

Bloc leaders welcomed the deal, with EU Council President Donald Tusk saying they were "willing to sacrifice part of [their] interests for the common good" of keeping Britain within the union.

For his part, Cameron argued the talks would result in a bigger role for London in creating a "more flexible" EU.

However, supporters of the Brexit campaign say the deal wasn't substantial enough.

Sources at Bulgaria's Foreign Ministry are quoted by as saying the Bulgarian delegation to the Brussels summit, led by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, tied accession to the Schengen borderless area in return for its support for concessions to Britain. 

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