Asked for the Prime Minister's current position on the EU rebate, the PMS said that the Prime Minister expressed his view clearly in his doorstep with Josep Borell at Downing Street this morning. She had nothing to add to that.
The PMS confirmed the Prime Minister's meeting with President Putin in Moscow on Monday and his trips to Berlin immediately afterwards and Paris on Tuesday. Asked if the Prime Minister was concerned that the debate over the EU budget would overshadow the Prime Minister's G8 agenda, the PMS said this was part of a programme to meet leaders ahead of the G8 summit. Clearly there would be discussions of a wide range of issues at those meetings. The Prime Minister knew what he wished to discuss at these meetings and would make sure he got through his agenda. Put to her that the Chancellor had asked the Prime Minister to toughen his stance on the EU budget, the PMS said that the Prime Minister set out his views and had been very clear on the issue.
Asked if the Prime Minister would raise the issue of the EU's failure to impose a travel ban on the leadership of Zimbabwe with his European colleagues, the PMS said that the EU had been discussing the situation in Zimbabwe and the UK and the EU had made it clear that we deplored what was going on in Zimbabwe. She did not know whether the issue was on the agenda for the meetings, next week.
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