The Prime Minister has had a number of bilaterals on the UK renegotiation during his visit to Paris today for the climate change conference.
The PM met with the Prime Minister of Italy, Matteo Renzi, and the Prime Minister of Portugal, Antonio Costa, in two short, separate meetings earlier today. They both emphasised that they want the UK to remain in the EU and they are committed to working with us to find solutions.
The PM also met with the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, this afternoon to take stock of negotiations. They agreed we are making progress and that, while some issues are more difficult than others, we should keep working at full pace to find solutions. They noted that European leaders would have a substantive discussion of the issue at December’s summit as planned and we should work to reach agreement at the earliest opportunity so long as the substance is right.