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Live Reporting

Angela Harrison

All times stated are UK

  1. Friday re-cap

    The main stories so far today:

    • David Cameron has travelled to Poland and Denmark to gather support for Britain's renegotiation of its relationship with the European Union
    • He won the backing of Denmark, whose prime minister said he would support Britain all he could and that the agreement would be good for Europe
    • The Polish prime minister backed Mr Cameron's proposals on sovereignty but not on welfare benefits
    • Back in the UK, civil war broke out between the groups campaigning for Britain to leave the EU
    • UKIP leader Nigel Farage said his party will throw its weight behind a relatively new group called Grassroots Out 
    • Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, has dismissed as "ridiculous" the finding by a UN panel that Julian Assange has been "arbitrarily detained" by both Britain and Sweden
    • Mr Assange appeared on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, saying the ruling was "a historic victory''
  2. 'Deadline' on Scottish finance talks could stretch

    Nick Eardley

    BBC Scotland Westminster correspondent

    HM Treasury sign

    Next week's deadline for a deal on the financial changes that will come as a result of the Scotland Bill could be extended. A source close to Deputy First Minister John Swinney says the Scottish government negotiating team will use whatever time is possible to reach agreement on what's known as the fiscal framework.

    A deadline of 12 February has regularly been mentioned by Scottish ministers, who say it would allow the Scottish Parliament to scrutinise the measures properly. But a spokesman for Holyrood says it's "possible" a deal could be analysed later in February and "every effort would be made" to hear evidence from Scottish and UK ministers by the devolution committee.

     A UK government source says Treasury officials are prepared to remain at the table until a deal is done and are "optimistic" about achieving a deal.

    But a source close to Mr Swinney says there is still a "massive gap" between the sides.

    The next round of talks are set to take place in Edinburgh on Monday.

  3. Assange: UK and Sweden did not appeal this verdict

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    The Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, standing on a balcony outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, has made a speech following the decision of a UN panel that he was unlawfully detained. 

    He says neither the UK nor Sweden chose to appeal against the panel's ruling, which they have had for two weeks, "because they knew they would lose because the law on unlawful detention is well-established".

    He told a crowd gathered below the balcony that the UK government had no right to separate him from his children.

    British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has described the UN panel's decision as "frankly ridiculous". 

    Mr Assange refused to answer a question from someone in the crowd about allegations of rape and sexual assault made against him and asked for the man to be taken away. 

  4. Farage: Uniting warring anti-EU groups 'impossible'

    Expanding on his decision to back the Grassroots Out Leave EU campaign, Nigel Farage suggests he tried his hardest to reconcile the differences between the other two groups - Vote Leave and Leave.EU - but this proved impossible. In a statement, he commends Leave.EU, formed by UKIP donor Arron Banks, but takes another pot shot at Vote Leave, accusing the group of downplaying the importance of immigration and security as issues on the forthcoming referendum and focusing on the economic benefits of Brexit..

    Quote Message: All polling shows that they are wrong. Amongst the undecided voters the top issue by far and the one that will influence where their vote goes is our lack of border controls as EU members. They also repeatedly have refused to merge and work with Leave.EU and will not rule out the idea of campaigning for a second referendum... So let us organise and mobilise our people’s army around the GO banner for this referendum
  5. MEPs told to mind their language - and slow down

    With all these intense Euro-meetings going on, spare a thought for the army of interpreters whose job it is to make instant translations of politicians' words.

    At the European Parliament, MEPs are being told to speak more slowly -  and stick to their native language - to help the interpreters.

    Thousands of translators work in EU institutions, to cope with 24 official languages.

    Read more.

    European Parliament
  6. Has it been made harder to register to vote?

    The Daily Politics

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    Video caption: Concerns over obstacles faced by people with disabilities

    Labour claims that 800,000 people have dropped off the electoral register since the government introduced changes to the way that people can sign up to vote.

    In the past, the head of a household could register all eligible voters living in a property. Now, voters have to register individually.

    And there are also concerns over the obstacles faced by those with disabilities, as Giles Dilnot reports.

  7. Watch: Reform deal could be 'win-win' for EU and UK, says Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt

    The Daily Politics

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    Video caption: Former Belgian PM Guy Verhofstadt on the Daily Politics
  8. WATCH: Is the dream of a borderless Europe over?

    The Daily Politics

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    Video caption: Jo Coburn visits the Denmark/Sweden border

    The arrival of more than one million migrants in the EU over the last year has prompted many EU countries in the borderless "Schengen" area to re-erect their borders.

    Jo Coburn visited the border between Denmark and Sweden, where crossing the famous Oresund bridge between the two countries has been made more difficult.

  9. Danish PM: Britain's deal would improve the EU

    More support for David Cameron as the Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen says Britain's proposals for the EU - and its place in it - would improve the organisation.

    Danish PM Lars Rasmussen
    Quote Message: I hope that Britain will decide to stay in the European Union...also because this act will only come in to force if Britain votes yes."
  10. Cameron: EU deal unlikely to be reversed

    David Cameron and Danish PM Rasmussen

    Asked at the press conference in Copenhagen if there was a danger any deal agreed with the other EU leaders at a meeting later this month could be reversed, Mr Cameron suggests this would be highly unlikely.

    He says any agreement made would be "legally-binding", adding:

    Quote Message: It would only be reversible if all 28 countries, including Britain, agree to reverse it."
  11. WATCH: Tory rebellion over Sunday trading laws?

    The Daily Politics

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    Video caption: MP Stewart Jackson says some Conservative backbenchers are concerned about the plans

    Stewart Jackson, the Tory MP for Peterborough, told the Daily Politics: "I don't think it will be massive... But it will certainly be a problem for the government with a small majority."

  12. Danish leader offers support to Britain in EU deal

    The Danish leader tells the press conference:  

    Quote Message: We need this agreement. It's a solid answer to what we need. I hope we do not need amendments and I do not expect amendments and I will be as supportive as possible."
  13. Cameron in Denmark - 'Proud nations, but outward-looking'

    David Cameron says Britain and Denmark have a good relationship and friendship. We are firm NATO in both directions between our countries is valuable, he says.

    He says both countries are "proud nations, but outward-looking".

    He tells the press conference the deal Britain makes with the EU must be legally-binding, that there are still important details to be nailed down and "that's why the hard work continues".

  14. Green Party peer 'turns back on' Vote Leave

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    Green Party peer Baroness Jones has said she cannot work with Vote Leave after its appointment of former Conservative chancellor Lord Lawson as its chairman.

    This possibly has more to do with their diverging views on the causes of global warming - Lord Lawson is an ardent critic of what he says is the settled scientific view of climate change - than on their stances on Europe, where both believe the UK should leave the EU. 

  15. 'Britain is a voice of common sense'

    David Cameron is in Denmark, the second stop on a day of EU regnegotiation talks with other European leaders.  He is appearing at a news conference with his Danish counterpart Lars Lokke Rasmussen. 

    Speaking first, Mr Rasmussen said Denmark and Britain "shared many common interests" and that "we need a strong British voice in Europe - it is a voice of common sense".

  16. David Cameron arrives in Denmark

    David Cameron and his Danish counterpart Lars Løkke Rasmussen

    David Cameron has moved on from Poland to Denmark, where he will shortly be holding a news conference with his counterpart Lars Løkke Rasmussen, focused on the UK's EU renegotiation. As often happens, the timings have slipped a bit and we now expect the two men to speak at about 15.00 GMT.