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Asked if the Prime Minister had felt that President Borroso's spokesman had been helpful when he compared the Prime Minister to the Sheriff of Nottingham, the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) said that what was probably most helpful for him to do was to reflect what the Prime Minister had said in Kiev this morning in reply to a similar question. Our position was that our first preference was that stated by the Prime Minister in his speech to the European Parliament last June. That preference was to have a process for CAP reform and as a result of that for the rebate to go on the table. As part of driving that forward we would have the G7 meeting this weekend at which the Chancellor would be talking to his G7 colleagues as well as representatives from India, China and Brazil to try and get some sort of strong signal from the WTO round in terms of moving things forward. That very much remained our first preference.

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