British Prime Minister David Cameron's office played down reports that he was prepared to drop one of his key demands for reforming Britain's relationship with the European Union after other countries made it clear they would not accept it.
Several British newspapers reported Cameron would signal at a meeting of EU leaders this week he is willing to compromise on his plan to make EU migrant workers wait four years before they are allowed to claim some state benefits.
"This is simply not true," a spokeswoman said. She did, however, point out to a speech by the British leader last month in which he said he was open to different ways of dealing with the issue but they must deliver on the objective of controlling EU migration.
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.
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