"These are not just about Britain's individual interests on some issues or questions, rather it's about several points that are justified and understandable," she told the Parliament, laying out her government's position on the eve of the EU meeting.

Even the controversial proposal to curb benefits to European Union migrants in Britain is "justified and understandable because the jurisdiction for each respective social system lies not in Brussels but in each individual member state," she said.

Cameron wants to restrict EU migrant workers' access to benefits such as in-work tax credits, child welfare payments and state-subsidised housing, for a four-year period.

However, many EU member states particularly from the former eastern bloc view this as discriminatory and at odds with the bloc's principle of free movement.

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