Is my hon. Friend saying that we should not support the campaign of the Syrian free forces against the Assad regime, as some Gulf states are urging us to do?
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Daniel Kawczynski MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham has applauded the decision to cut the EU budget and agrees with Prime Minister David Cameron, that the agreement is a ‘good for the UK and a good for Europe’
Daniel Kawczynski MP says
“For the first time in its 56-year history, the EU budget has been cut as a direct result of the stance taken by David Cameron.
Cutting the EU budget by around 3% is a significant step forward and proves that Conservative party is delivering for the people of the UK. The budget cut of Euro 80 bn equates to around £125 for every person in the EU and was secured despite the demands of the Commission and various other countries who wanted an increase in European spending.
However, the UK's net contribution is actually likely to rise, because of a previous agreement negotiated by former Prime Minister Tony Blair. Years ago the UK and other big contributors agreed that more would have to be spent to fund the EU's eastward enlargement. David Cameron quite rightly refused to give up more of our rebate, even though he was under pressure to do so.”
The deal was reached after two days of talks in Brussels whereby leaders agreed on a 908bn euros (£768bn) budget limit for 2014 to 2020 - about 3% lower than the current seven-year period.