EU’s Juncker meets with Britain’s Cameron on reform proposals

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 04:33 GMT, May 26, 2015 |

British Prime Minister David Cameron hosted European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for talks at his official country residence yesterday (Monday), as he continued to effort for support for his programme to reform the European Union (EU).

The meeting took place at the Chequers in Buckinghamshire, 40 miles northwest of London, days after Cameron launched his reform drive at a summit of EU and ex-Soviet states in Latvia last week.

The UK government will introduce its EU referendum legislation to parliament on Thursday (May 28) as Cameron embarks on a diplomatic charm offensive across Europe.

The British leader will travel to Denmark for a working breakfast with Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Thursday before heading to the Netherlands for talks with Prime Minister Mark Rutte. He will have dinner with French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee palace in Paris.

On Friday (May 29) Cameron will meet Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz in Warsaw and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.

Cameron hopes to speak with all 27 EU leaders individually before a European Council meeting at the end of June where he is expected to set out his reform plans in more detail.