David Cameron welcomes new European Council president's pledge31 August 2014 | 08:38 | FOCUS News Agency
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, who was appointed to the role at a summit in Brussels, said he "cannot imagine" the European Union without the UK.
He said the free movement of workers was a "barrier" that could be reformed.
The PM has pledged to agree a new deal with the EU and put it to a referendum if the Tories win the next election.
At a press conference after his appointment was finalised by fellow European leaders, Mr Tusk, who will give up his role as prime minister of Poland for his new role, said he wanted to "emphasise that the EU, and me personally, will take on the concerns voiced by the UK".
According to the official translation from Polish, he said: "I am talking about the UK because I am sure that the future of the EU is not about making it smaller, about contraction.
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