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EU referendum looks set for September

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The UK’s referendum on continued membership of the European Union is likely to be held in September, when parliament will have returned from summer recess.

It looks unlikely that a deal will be made on prime minister David Cameron’s proposals for reform until March, which means that the referendum is now expected to take place in September 2016.

The Guardian newspaper reports that Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán has called on Cameron to change his proposal to prevent EU citizens from claiming in-work benefits before they had been resident in the UK for four years. Both pro and anti-EU camps now believe that more work needs to be done on the proposals to address concerns from central and eastern European countries, it reports.

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