British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during a press conference after talks with his Polish counterpart Beata Szydlo in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)
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A climb down would boost the chances of Britain being able to reach a deal with other EU leaders but would likely lead to a row within Cameron's Conservative Party, who made the benefits pledge a manifesto commitment ahead of May's national election.Earlier this month European Council President Donald Tusk, who is running the renegotiation with Britain, said Cameron's pledge to cut immigration was the main stumbling block to reaching a deal.Britain's relationship with the EU has long divided Cameron's Conservatives, contributing to the downfall of two of his predecessors.Eurosceptic Conservative lawmaker Owen Paterson, a former government minister who backs Britain leaving the 28-nation bloc, said Cameron's demands were not enough as coming to Britain to find jobs was generally a bigger draw for migrants than the welfare system.
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