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Prime Minister David Cameron told the House of Commons that he rejected the EU budget proposed at last week's summit in Brussels as the spending increases were not a good deal for British taxpayers. He said:
"We are not going to be tough on budgets at home and sign up to big increases in European spending in Brussels"
Prime Minister David Cameron told the House of Commons he was hopeful of a budget deal with EU leaders, but that the deal offered last week in Brussels "was simply not good enough". He said:
"We need to cut unaffordable spending, the deal on the table was not good enough and that is why we did not take it."
"As I have said before, the EU must find ways to cut administrative costs. The EU institutions have simply got to adjust to the real world."
"It is in our interests to get a deal, we will push harder for a reduction in the next summit. We are fighting hard for the best deal for Britain and that is what we will continue to do."
Foreign Secretary William Hague has told the The Andrew Marr Show that the Government is setting a "positive vision" for the European Union.
The Conservative MP said "deepening and widening the single market" would enable much needed growth in Britain's economy.
Tony Blair will argue that the UK needs to stay "at the heart of the European Union - or face disaster" in a speech to business leaders on Wednesday, according to the Guardian.
The former Prime Minister will tell gathered members of the business community that membership to the EU is more important than ever. A source close to Mr Blair said:
"Whereas the postwar argument for Europe was about peace versus war, he will make the point that the 21st-century case for Europe is about power versus irrelevance."
Tony Blair is to intervene in Britain's Future in Europe and will warn that disengaging from the European Union's "top table" would be a disaster for the UK Economy, according to reports.
The newspaper reports that he will say because major economies such as China, India, Brazil and Russia are emerging as global competitors, EU membership has never been more important.
Europe minister David Lidington has defended the UK’s stance on EU budget negotiations by saying that the interests of the European taxpayer needed to be protected.
He told Radio 4’s Today programme:
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The Prime Minister's performance at this EU summit has been interesting and it hints at a more tactical engagement with Europe.
The Prime Minister has hit out at EU institutions for not going far enough to rein in spending as budget talks were postponed until January.