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No 10 seeks EU budget freeze

The Government is seeking "at best a cut, at worst a freeze" in the European Union budget negotiations this week, No 10 has said. The CBI president has urged ministers not to forget "our old friends in Europe".

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David Davis calls for EU referendums

Senior Tory MP David Davis is calling for a double referendum - one to approve a list of powers for the UK to seek to seize back and then an in/out public poll once they had been negotiated.

Senior Tory MP David Davis Credit: Johnny Green/PA Archive

Mr Davis, a former Europe minister and leadership rival to Mr Cameron, said the first vote should be held within a year, before the next elections to the European Parliament in 2014.

Having a renegotiation list backed by a public vote - he predicted it would get the support of 70% of electors on a massive turnout of 90% - would be a "huge negotiating lever" in Brussels, he said.

"We have got to, somehow, dramatically change our relationship with Europe. Not a little bit of a power here and a little bit of a power there. We have got to bring back lots of powers," he said.

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