Tusk to meet EU leaders on 'fragile' Brexit deal

10th February 2016, Comments 0 comments

EU president Donald Tusk said Wednesday he had cleared his schedule to hold urgent meetings with leaders including Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande to push for a deal to keep Britain in the bloc at a summit next week.

The former Polish premier set out his proposals for a deal with British Prime Minister David Cameron last week on EU reforms, but there is opposition to several parts in a number of EU countries.

"I am confident that this is a balanced and solid proposal and I hope to finalise it next week in the European Council. However let me be clear, this is a very fragile political process," Tusk told the European Parliament.

"Therefore I have decided to cancel all my obligations and will hold a number of meetings with EU leaders and with the European Parliament in order to help reach an agreement," he added.

"Next week I will visit several capitals to meet EU leaders and discuss my proposal."

Tusk said he would meet German Chancellor Merkel, French President Hollande, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, as well as the President of Romania and the Czech Prime Minister, who currently heads the "Visegrad Group' of eastern European states.

"The aim of my consultations it to secure a broad political support for my proposal," he said.

Tusk would meet Michel in Brussels on Friday and was expected to travel to Paris, Berlin, Prague and Bucharest on Monday and Tuesday next week while the date of the trip to Athens was yet to be confirmed, European sources said.

© 2016 AFP

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