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"
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.