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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Pressure mounts on David Cameron over Europe

Weekend opinion polls showed a clear public majority for cutting ties with Brussels as pressure mounted on David Cameron to set out plans for a referendum on the issue.

David Cameron is facing pressure to hold a referendum on Europe Credit: PA Wire

He faces a tricky summit on Thursday when leaders gather to thrash out the EU's future budget, and he has threatened to veto anything other than a real-terms freeze.

Labour joined forces with Tory rebels to inflict a Commons defeat on the Government by backing a real-terms cut in the 2014-20 package - leading to accusations of opportunism.

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