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    Tusk's EU Reform Proposals 'Hardly Worth Waiting for' - UKIP Leader

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    The latest reform proposals offered by the European Council president are "hardly worth waiting for," the leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), Nigel Farage, told Sputnik on Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, EU Council President Donald Tusk offered a compromise proposal in areas of economic governance, competitiveness, sovereignty, social benefits and free movement ahead of the February meeting of the European Council.

    "There is no fundamental reform, there's some fiddling around the edges on migrant benefits. I absolutely predict that the effect of this will not be to reduce the numbers coming to Britain but given the huge increase that is coming to a minimum wage, to our living wage, even more people will come," the UKIP leader said.

    According to Farage, the proposed reform does not stipulate any ability to control laws, money or borders by the United Kingdom itself.

    British Prime Minister David Cameron outlined his reform demands to Brussels in November 2015.

    Should the reform proposals fail to gain the support of all 28 member states, Cameron has pledged to hold a so-called Brexit referendum by the end of 2017. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, who labeled Tusk’s proposal a positive step forward, suggested last week that the referendum could be held as early as June if no reform agreement is reached next month.

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