UK Referendum: Draft EU agreement published

  • European Council President Donald Tusk has published a draft agreement on proposed changes to the terms of the UK's EU membership ahead of a referendum later this year. 
  • Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the proposed deal and said that he would urge Britain to 'opt in' to the European Union if the other 27 member states give the draft agreement their seal of approval. 

  • On migration, a crucial issue for Mr. Cameron and the Conservatives, the deal proposes allowing member states to request permission from the European Council to limit the access of EU migrants to in work benefits during their first four years in the UK. 

  • The mechanism would require the limitations to be 'graduated', with workers earning the right to increased benefits access the longer they work in the EU country in question. 

  • This so called 'emergency brake' could be used in exceptional situations that affect 'essential aspects of its social security system'. 

UK government to ask parliament to change EU referendum wording

  • Number 10 says they will ask the House of Commons to change the wording of the UK's referendum on membership of the European Union after a recommendation from the Electoral Commission. 

The original question

Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union?

Answer: yes or no

The new question

Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?

Answer: remain/leave the EU