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EU Leaders’ Summit

Asked what was discussed at the dinner following the EU leaders’ summit last night, the PMS replied that it was a private dinner so he would not be getting into any detail. They had a general discussion about the reform of the global institutions, and a brief conversation about Iran.

Asked if they considered if the time was right for Britain to join the Euro, the PMS replied that this subject did not come up. Asked why in an economic discussion between the five leading figures in Europe this issue did not come up, the PMS replied that nobody was proposing British membership of Euro. Asked if the Prime Minister was afraid to mention it, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister’s views on this matter are long established and well known.

Asked if the Prime Minister had any words of sympathy for Mr Prodi, the PMS replied that obviously this came up, but these were private discussions.

Asked where we went from here with the proposals, what were the next steps and how would we take them forward, the PMS replied that the next step was to have further discussions with our G8 partners in the first instance. There would be a meeting of G8 finance Ministers in Tokyo next week, and would be an opportunity to take forward some of the discussions from yesterday’s meeting.

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