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EU reform benefits all countries, says George Osborne

By Sam Lister

George Osborne will tell European leaders that Britain's bid to reform the EU will also benefit their nations during a tour of capital cities.

The chancellor is visiting Helsinki, Stockholm and Copenhagen to build support for the UK's demands for a new settlement in Brussels.

During meetings with Sweden's prime minister Stefan Lofven and Denmark's premier Lars Lokke Rasmussen, as well as foreign and finance ministers, he will warn that reform is key to the future of the EU.

Mr Osborne will also argue that a wave of public support change across Europe makes it the right time to act. He will also carry out a series of media interviews.

David Cameron has promised to renegotiate the UK's relationship with the EU ahead of an in/out referendum and talks have begun between British officials and counterparts in Brussels.

The Prime Minister wants any deal to ensure national parliaments retain power and stop welfare incentives from attracting people to the country from across Europe.

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