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The EU’s gift to Nigel Farage – Brussels demands £1.7 billion more from Britain

24 October 2014 10:15

With truly dreadful timing, the European Commission has sprung David Cameron with a demand for £1.7 billion in extra British budget payments to the EU. The commission says this amount… Continue reading

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David Cameron on another chilly walk into the EU budget talks. Picture: Getty

EU 2014 Budget: good and bad news for David Cameron

26 June 2013 20:44

In February, David Cameron managed to rally of group of likeminded countries to agree a historic cut to the EU’s long-term budget. However, due to the maddening complexities involved in… Continue reading

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European Parliament President Martin Schulz is gathering support for his plan to block the cut in the EU Budget. Picture: Getty

‘We are the voice of the people’: the MEPs planning to block the EU Budget cut

13 February 2013 16:07

The EU budget ‘victory’ cheers go on in the Commons, but the facts seem to have been lost in the Prime Minister’s ‘triumph’. What the cheering Tories can’t quite grasp… Continue reading

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David Cameron addressing MPs today on last week's EU Budget summit.

EU Budget: Cameron shows off his strong negotiating hand

11 February 2013 16:47

David Cameron could barely contain himself when he addressed MPs on his victory in last week’s EU budget talks. ‘I didn’t quite get a thank you!’ he jeered at Ed… Continue reading

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Cameron is trying to paint himself as a Galileo-style EU heretic. Picture: Carla Millar

Victorious PM paints himself as Camileo the EU heretic

8 February 2013 18:30

In his victory address after the successful EU Budget deal this afternoon, David Cameron sought to paint himself once again as a Galileo-style EU heretic who spoke truth to power.… Continue reading

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European parliament president Martin Schulz. Picture: Getty

EU Budget: Beware the European Parliament’s veto power

8 February 2013 16:29

James Forsyth seems as happy as any Tory today, cheered by David Cameron’s prowess in the EU Budget negotiations. Even better for Cameron, he says, is the idea that the… Continue reading

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David Cameron on another chilly walk into the EU budget talks. Picture: Getty

EU budget victory: What does Cameron do next?

8 February 2013 16:11

The Haribo they were eating all night clearly worked: European leaders have just agreed on the first budget cut since the EU’s formation. All credit to David Cameron for getting… Continue reading

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David Cameron at the European Council meeting in Brussels. Picture: Getty Images

Cameron closes in on EU Budget success

8 February 2013 12:06

The news coming back from Brussels is all pretty good for David Cameron, as Isabel noted this morning. He’s not isolated and looks set to succeed in his fight to… Continue reading

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David Cameron meets with key allies as EU Budget talks get underway. Picture: Getty

Historic EU Budget cut on the cards for Cameron

8 February 2013 9:25

EU leaders have just left their negotiations over the EU budget for a two hour break and so far it’s looking very, very positive for the Prime Minister. Perhaps David… Continue reading

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David Cameron arrives at the European Council summit in Brussels. Picture: Getty

Cameron in tight spot as he refuses to budge on EU Budget

7 February 2013 18:40

David Cameron caused a stir today by walking, yes, walking, into the meeting of European leaders in Brussels to discussed the multiannual financial framework. Other leaders arrived in their cars.… Continue reading

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David Cameron at last week's EU budget summit. The Prime Minister today gave a statement on the talks to MPs. Picture: Getty

Cameron at pains to show Britain was not isolated in EU Budget talks

26 November 2012 17:49

David Cameron took great pains in his statement to the Commons on the EU budget summit to emphasise the alliances that Britain had formed in trying to keep the budget… Continue reading

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David Cameron and Angela Merkel discussing the EU budget on Wednesday. Picture: Getty

‘Cameron will not turn back’: EU budget summit under threat

9 November 2012 17:34

Will David Cameron be denied his veto moment after all? Brussels sources appear to think the European Union budget summit on 22 and 23 November could still be cancelled. A… Continue reading

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Angela Merkel told the European Parliament today that she could not imagine 'that the UK would not be part of Europe'. Picture: Getty

Angela Merkel: I can’t imagine UK quitting the EU

7 November 2012 19:17

David Cameron and Angela Merkel are eating dinner together tonight, over which they will discuss the forthcoming European Budget summit. The discussion may make even the sweetest crème brûlée taste… Continue reading

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Ken ‘clarity’ Clarke says EU budget veto would be ‘absurd’

2 November 2012 14:35

Wise gamblers could do worse than to place a hefty bet every time Ken Clarke expresses an opinion that he’ll have to clarify it shortly afterwards. The minister without portfolio… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg: There is not a cigarette paper between me and the PM on EU budget

1 November 2012 10:30

The morning after the government’s defeat on the EU budget, Nick Clegg has offered his own advice on the British negotiating position. The Deputy Prime Minister gave a speech to… Continue reading

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Don’t blame the whips for the EU budget revolt: the problem is higher up

31 October 2012 21:59

What is striking about this evening’s revolt on the EU budget is that it was organised at lightning speed by the rebel camp. Mark Reckless and Mark Pritchard only tabled… Continue reading

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Conservative MPs tonight rebelled against the government on the EU budget. Picture: Getty

EU budget: full list of Tory rebels

31 October 2012 20:05

The Press Association has published its analysis of the division lists, which finds 51 Conservative rebels, along with two tellers. Here is the list of those who voted for a… Continue reading

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Government suffers humiliating defeat on EU budget

31 October 2012 19:51

The government has just suffered an embarrassing defeat on the EU budget. The rebel amendment, which called for a cut rather than the real terms freeze David Cameron is proposing,… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Meets President Of The European Council Herman Van Rompuy

EU budget: Focus on Labour’s chutzpah

31 October 2012 17:29

The opening exchanges of the Commons debate on the EU budget were, on the whole, rather good for the Prime Minister. They involved Greg Clark making a concerted attack on… Continue reading

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Government expects to lose EU budget vote

31 October 2012 16:16

While the rebel whips are still rounding up Tory MPs to vote against the government on the EU budget motion, which starts in the Commons shortly, a senior government source… Continue reading

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David Cameron reassured MPs at today's Prime Minister's Questions that he would rather the EU budget were cut. Picture: Getty

David Cameron reassures MPs that he’d prefer a cut in EU budget

31 October 2012 13:31

The Prime Minister needed to reassure his own side at PMQs today on the EU budget and give his whips something to work with. He largely did that, saying almost… Continue reading

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David Cameron after his last veto moment. Picture: Getty

Why David Cameron can threaten to veto the EU budget

30 October 2012 18:11

When in 1996 the US Congress threw out Bill Clinton’s Federal budget they precipitated a partial shutdown of the US Government. However, anyone looking at the growing prospect of a… Continue reading

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Whips in Sir George Young's team have been telling Tory MPs that to rebel on tomorrow's EU budget motion would be to undermine the stability of the coalition government. Picture: Getty

EU budget: MPs warned revolt ‘could undermine coalition’

30 October 2012 17:45

It was inevitable that the new team of whips was going to be rather unsettled by tomorrow’s vote on the EU budget: it’s the first challenge the team has had… Continue reading

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Jacob Rees-Mogg has tabled an amendment to tomorrow's EU budget debate which the whips hope to use to deflate a big rebellion. Picture: Getty

Tory whips in a flap over EU budget rebellion deploy Rees-Mogg

30 October 2012 13:32

At this morning’s Cabinet meeting, ministers discussed tomorrow’s debate on the EU budget, which is shaping up to be a big row. MPs I have spoken to who have either… Continue reading

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Why David Cameron isn’t proposing a cut in the EU budget

29 October 2012 15:40

Cutting the EU budget is a very good idea. Much of it is spent inefficiently and its priorities are all wrong, 40 percent of it goes on agriculture. Given that… Continue reading

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