PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers
- Sign up to see last 24 hours
Dont have an account?Sign up here
David Cameron has praised the new seven-year budget agreed by European Union leaders as "a good deal for Britain".
Speaking from Brussels, the Prime Minister confirmed leaders had reached a deal to cut the EU budget to €908bn, which represents a €24bn real terms cut.
"The best way to protect the British taxpayer is to get overall spending down, which we've done," he told reporters.
"I think the British public can be proud that we have cut the seven-year credit card limit for the European Union for the first time ever."
French President Francois Hollande - who had argued against big spending cuts - said the budget was a "good compromise".
But Mr Cameron confirmed the UK's net contribution would increase, despite the cut in the overall budget.
Under a deal agreed by former PM Tony Blair in 2005, the UK's rebate - the amount of Britain's contribution paid back to London - will shrink.
The Prime Minister said that deal meant the UK's contribution "was always going to go up", and insisted he had "battled off" a number of attempts to reduce the rebate even further.
“Attempts to undermine the rebate were made again and again, at almost every meeting there’s been on this subject. As ever, it was attacked from every side. I fought off these attempts. The British rebate is safe," he said.
But there are fears the proposed budget will be rejected by MEPs, after European Parliament President Martin Schulz warned EU leaders against attempts to slash spending.
Full access for £22 a month...PoliticsHome PRO Find out more
08/02/2013 on Daybreak, ITV
08/02/2013 on Breakfast, BBC Radio 5live
08/02/2013 on The Daily Politics, BBC 2
08/02/2013 on The Daily Politics, BBC Two
08/02/2013 on Boulton & Co, Sky News
08/02/2013 on The World at One, BBC Radio 4
Summaries and transcripts from TV and radio
24 minutes ago on World at One, BBC Radio 4
25 minutes ago on World at One, BBC Radio 4
32 minutes ago on Pooled Clip
1 hour ago
35 minutes ago
1 hour ago