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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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EU officials 'make budget plan without UK'

European officials have been studying the legal feasibility of such a plan, according to the FT Credit: Press Association

European Union officials have started to work on a plan to create a long-term budget that does not include the UK, according to the Financial Times.

The plan comes amid mounting frustration at Britain's demand for a spending freeze.

EU officials and national diplomats are studying the legal and technical feasibility of the plan, according to reports. On Thursday, leaders from 27 countries will meet on Brussels to try and reach agreement on the long-term budget.

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