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Members of the government's EU board convened Wednesday ahead of the EU summit. Photo: Sören Andersson/TT Credit: Sören Andersson
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British Prime Minister David Cameron, left, is greeted by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at EU headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday. Photo: Geert Vanden Wijngaert / AP. Credit: Geert Vanden Wijngaert

Sweden awaits decision on UK-EU deal

After months of negotiations and campaigning by British Prime Minister David Cameron, a meeting Thursday of European leaders in Brussels can determine Britain's fate in the EU.

Either today or tomorrow the leaders of 28 member states are expected to reach an agreement on the demanded changes in terms of the UK's membership. Whatever deal is struck will set the conditions for a referendum, which may be held as early as this summer, on the continued membership of the EU's second largest economy after Germany.

In an effort to preserve the union, the Swedish government has said they will support the agreement currently on the table, which would drastically limit the amount of social welfare available to EU citizens for the first four years they live in the UK as well as allowing the UK to be exempted from the EU's professed project towards an "ever closer union."

The deal calls for greater power to national parliaments to block EU legislation and guarantees that non-euro zone members, like Sweden and Britain, are not obligated to join in euro zone bailouts.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has said the country is in favour of the new terms, even though they may leave people from other EU-countries in a worse position on the UK labour market.

The summit was scheduled to begin at 5 PM Thursday evening. Heads of state and government will each have a chance to offer their views on the British negotiations.

EU leaders will also discuss the influx of refugees this evening while teams of lawyers hash out the details of the UK-EU deal.

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