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20/02/2016 06:34 GMT | Updated 20/02/2016 10:59 GMT

EU Referendum Cabinet Meeting Prompts Comparison With Jeremy Hunt's Weekend Working

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British Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt arrives at Downing Street in London on February 20 , 2016 for a meeting of the cabinet following Prime Minister David Cameron's return from EU negotiations in Brussels. Prime Minister David Cameron takes a deal giving Britain 'special status' in the EU back to London on February 20 hoping it will be enough to keep his country in the bloc as campaigning begins for a crucial in-out referendum. The British premier is expected to announce a date for the vote, lik

Jeremy Hunt's attendance at a so-called "extraordinary" Cabinet meeting on Saturday morning simply constitutes "normal working hours," junior doctors have quipped.

The health secretary joined fellow ministers for the meeting, called by David Cameron after his mammoth negotiations for a better deal for Britain in the EU closed with an agreement last night.

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Junior doctors were quick to point out the irony of the Cabinet's first meeting on a Saturday - as they echoed the furore over Hunt's imposition of a new contract to enforce a seven-day NHS.

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Jeremy Hunt outside Downing Street on Saturday morning

Many compared Hunt's insistence that weekends are "normal working hours" for medics with the reported "extraordinary" nature of a Saturday Cabinet session.

A referendum on Britain's membership is likely to be held in June after the prime minister secured an agreement, which he said would give "special status in the EU." Cameron confirmed he would now lead the campaign to keep Britain in the European Union.

Meanwhile, dozens of politicians - and Cabinet members - have declared their voting intentions.