The Daily Mail, known for its euro-skeptic readership, played to the gallery with its front page dominated by the headline "The Great Delusion!" as it lambasted the prime minister for hailing EU "reforms" that analysts had said would "do nothing to curb migration and will trigger years of benefit chaos." Fellow euro-skeptic rag, the Daily Express, also kicked the boot in saying "Cameron's EU deal is a joke."
Broadsheet newspapers – seen as less populist brands – such as The Times, also owned by Murdoch, were more restrained, however. "Brussels will have right to reject benefit curbs," The Times noted, while The Independent ran the headline "Deal or no deal?" questioning whether the draft agreement on the U.K.'s place in the EU really delivers what Cameron had promised.
The draft deal, published on Tuesday, has been circulated to all 28 EU nations ahead of a key summit in mid-February. If agreed to, Cameron could announce that a referendum on whether to stay in a reformed EU could take place in June.
The Daily Mirror newspaper called that move "Cam's great EU gamble" noting that Britain's future in Europe could be decided by June and the Financial Times noted on its front page that Cameron now faced a "battle to sell EU deal to skeptical Tory (Conservative) MPs."
While seen as a wet fish by the U.K's press and euro skeptic politicians., several powerful European nations like France are affronted at the demands being made by the U.K.
Cameron has tried to drum up support for the U.K.'s demands in Europe, saying they could help other nations, but there has so far been a mixed response – particularly from nations like Poland that have seen thousands of its citizens migrate to the U.K. for work. Others are unhappy that allowances or "special rules" could be made for the U.K., a country that has always had something of "one foot in, one foot out" attitude to the union with its continental neighbors.
- By CNBC's Holly Ellyatt, follow her on Twitter @HollyEllyatt. Follow CNBC International on Twitter and Facebook.