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EU Budget

On where we stood on the EU Budget and whether the Prime Minister was confident that the stance he took would now prevail, the PMS said that the Prime Minister had had a meeting in Seoul with Prime Minister Berlusconi, President Sarkozy and Chancellor Merkel, where they discussed the EU Budget and they had all agreed that they wouldn’t be budging on the 2.9%.

Asked about proposals from the Poles that they would get further powers in the future if they agreed to the 2.9% rise, the PMS said discussions were ongoing regarding the 2.9%, but the Prime Minister’s view and the view of other European leaders was to ensure we got that deal.

Asked what the Prime Minister thought about the European Parliament being given more powers on tax issues, the PMS said that the Prime Minister’s view was that we did not want any further powers going to Brussels.

On what the Prime Minister thought about the European Parliament asking for further powers while refusing a deal on their budget, the PMS replied that there would be further discussions on this, but the Prime Minister’s view was clear; we needed to get the Budget issue sorted and as part of the Coalition Agreement, the Government agreed to give no further powers, including tax-raising powers, to Brussels without a referendum.

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