EU reaches agreement with UK to stop unwanted laws

EU president Donald Tusk reaches agreement with Britain's Cameron on British reform demands

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European Council President Donald Tusk speaking with British Prime Minister David Cameron at Downing Street in London, Britain on January 31, 2016.

The United Kingdom has managed to reach a deal with the European Union to stop the unwanted laws, officials said on Tuesday.

European Union President, Donald Tusk, presented his “new settlement” propositions for the UK during Britain talks on Tuesday as part of his plan to keep UK in the agreement.

Tusk met with British Prime Minister, David Cameron, on Sunday to hold talks on the issue and Tusk said that "outstanding issues" still need to be resolved, as a deal was not achieved.

Cameron caused a reaction, by presenting his plans for EU refugees working in the UK to take away their in-work benefits for the first four years in the country.

The central European states of Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia already disagreed with Cameron’s plan, stating that it discriminates against EU workers.

According to the new agreement, 55 percent or more of the member states will be eligible to stop or change EU legislation.

The reforms will only apply if all EU leaders agree to the reforms proposed, which will allow Cameron to hold an EU membership referendum in June, especially if the final deal is reached at the February summit of EU leaders.

"It is not enough for the Commission and Council lawyers to agree; this is a process that is run ‘at 28',” the Greek Director at the Commission's Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs Margaritis Schinas said.

Tusk will send the plans to EU leaders on Tuesday morning, EU officials said.

"Tomorrow around noon I will table proposal for a new settlement for #UKinEU. Good progress last 24 hours but still outstanding issues," Tusk wrote on his Twitter account on Monday night.

Britain’s demand also includes safeguarding EU countries, like Britain, even though it holds its own currency, avoiding a closer union as well as guaranteeing bigger EU economic competitiveness.

Several leaders have clearly stated their opinion about the negotiations with the UK.

"Don't be fooled, again, by Cameron's ongoing charade," Paul Nuttall, deputy leader UK’s Independence Party, stated.

The Brexit outcome is cloudy and will be decided on Britain’s vote, regarding the EU membership since 1975, after the country joined the regional organisation of the European Economic Community.

The agreement, on a means to block EU laws, is designed to address concerns among Britons that too much law making power has been ceded to Brussels. Member states will have three months to object to proposed new laws, the source said.

"This breakthrough will ensure that national parliaments' voices are heard loud and clear in Brussels," the source said.

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