Questioned about the PM’s calls with European leaders over the weekend and his approach to the upcoming European Union Budget negotiations, the PMS said that the PM was looking for the right deal for the UK taxpayer. The PM’s position had been made clear; at best he was looking for a cut in the budget, at worst a freeze. Negotiations would be tough as there were different views around the table, but the multi-annual budget had to be agreed by all 27 Member States. Chancellor Merkel had been clear that Germany would like to see restraint in spending and we both want to see the EU Budget spent more effectively; for example there was scope for reducing the spending on certain areas, such as cutting the spending on back offices. The PM would continue to have conversations on the lead up to the European Council.
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