France denies Britain will hold veto over EU policies

France’s Hollande says Britain should not anticipate being granted veto on EU policies

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French Prime Minister Francois Hollande speaks with Justice Minister Jean-Jacques Urvoas at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, February 3, 2016

Britain should not expect to win a veto over eurozone policies or hope for a new round of negotiations over reforms that would keep UK in the bloc, French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday.

President of the European Council Donald Tusk presented a draft of reforms on Tuesday aiming at keeping Britain in the European Union.

Tusk assured Britain won't have veto rights over EU legislation especially if it is outside of eurozone.

"A country outside the eurozone cannot have a veto over countries in the eurozone," Hollande said after talks in Paris with Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo.

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

Hollande said that there won't be new negotiations regarding the agreement set to be discussed by the EU at a summit in Feb. 18-19.

"There will be corrections if necessary [but] not new negotiations. We have reached a point that will give the British the necessary assurances," the French leader said.

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