David Cameron said today the Brussels summit had broken up without an agreement on the EU budget because the deal on the table was "just not good enough".
He said he had rejected an attempt to commit taxpayers to real-terms increases in EU spending and had protected the British rebate.
He stressed that Britain was not acting as a "lone actor" and that other countries shared its stance.
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.
Getting 27 people with different interests to agree to anything is hard, but the lack of solidarity among EU members can be striking.