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Cameron in phone plea to leaders over EU budget
Date 28/10/2010 12:02  Author webmaster  Hits 907  Language Global
28 OCT 2010

BBC NEWS

Prime Minister David Cameron has phoned several European leaders, hours before an EU summit, urging them to reject a big rise in the organisation's budget.

He spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy among others and argued for the "lowest possible" increase.

His plea came amid fears that a 6% rise would cost the UK another £900m a year.

Labour's Wayne David accused Mr Cameron of "vacuous rhetoric" on Europe and said he should demand a budget freeze.

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Referendum

France and particularly Germany believe that a new permanent mechanism for handling financial crises requires a change to the Lisbon Treaty.

The UK is outside the Eurozone, so would not be affected by any treaty change on sanctions.

But David Cameron is aware that, if the treaty change happens, MPs in his own party might see it as an opportunity to push for other changes in a bid to bring some powers from Brussels to Westminster.

The UK's Europe minister, David Lidington, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme there was no consensus on treaty changes, even within the Eurozone.

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