EU referendum: Downing street denies scaling back on renegotiating terms of EU membership

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David Cameron has promised an In/Out EU referendum by the end of 2017 (Source: Getty)

Number 10 has denied reports that the government is backing down on some key tenants of its attempted EU renegotiation.

Reports over the weekend suggested Prime Minister David Cameron had watered down his demands, including restricting benefits to EU migrants, the Guardian reported.

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Downing street said it was still pushing for these restrictions, as well as greater national sovereignty, the completion of the single market and governance rules to protect the interests of members of the EU who have their own currency.

However Cameron has come under criticism from those on the "Out" side, including Nigel Farage, who said the Prime Minister was asking for "next to nothing". Speaking to Sky news, Farage said the UK needed to negotiate the power for the UK to control its borders.

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The leader of the UK Independence Party added he hoped Boris Johnson and Theresa May could be persuaded to campaign to leave the EU.

The revelation comes after Lord Nigel Lawson, the former Conservative chancellor, said Cameron didn't have "a cat's chance in hell" of getting the reforms he is seeking.

Tomorrow the "In" campaign will get started, just days after the cross-party "Out" campaign launched.

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