Cameron plea on US-EU trade deal
The Prime Minister wants to use the gathering of world leaders in Northern Ireland next week to launch formal negotiations on the deal - potentially worth as much as £10 billion to the UK and £85 billion worldwide.
But progress depends on breaking the deadlock in talks on Friday over France's insistence that any agreement must include protections for its film and TV industries against American imports.
Business Secretary Vince Cable will represent the UK at the negotiations in Luxembourg, with Paris believed to be increasingly isolated over its demands that the sector be excluded from the mandate for trade deal talks.
It came amid continued uncertainty over the progress Mr Cameron could make in another of his priorities for the G8 summit - an international deal to crack down on tax havens.
He has called a meeting of UK overseas territories and crown dependencies on Saturday in an effort to secure their agreement to join a new OECD convention aimed at closing off multinational firms' cross-border avoidance schemes.
It is feared that failure to show firm action to deal with the issue on the Government's own doorstep could undermine the premier's efforts to take a global lead.
Bermuda said it was "strongly committed" to joining up but it remained unclear whether it and another nine territories would formally sign up before the summit gets under way.
Mr Cameron said putting "aggressive" tax avoidance at the centre of his G8 agenda had helped ensure it was "now being discussed, I suspect, in every boardroom in the world".
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