A source in the government told the Daily Express that the prime minister was frustrated that European Union leaders did not take his recommendations on board:
"We are slightly surprised that you can have 12 countries saying you should do something and it is ignored. This letter was written by 12 countries 10 days ago and yet the issues we raised are not reflected in the draft conclusions."
"We were asking for specific things and we have been largely ignored - even though these twelve countries account for more than half the EU population.
"Mr Cameron believes that summits should focus on being practical, setting out measures and deadlines, and making sure we do what we say."