Clegg says UK demands at EU summit were reasonable

LONDON Fri Dec 9, 2011 7:01pm GMT

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg arrives for a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street in London November 29, 2011. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg arrives for a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street in London November 29, 2011.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Britain had made reasonable demands at the European Union summit and that the coalition government was united on the issue.

Clegg's Liberal Democrats are pro-Europe, while their larger Conservative partners are home to a large number of eurosceptics.

"The demands Britain made for safeguards, on which the Coalition Government was united, were modest and reasonable. They were safeguards for the single market, not just the UK," he said in a statement.

"There were no demands of repatriation of powers from the EU to Britain and no demands for a unilateral carve-out of UK financial services," he added after Britain blocked proposed EU Treaty changes.

(Reporting by Keith Weir)

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