EU summit: budget talks collapse as David Cameron says ‘non’ to Brussels
Talks on a new European Union budget have collapsed as David Cameron accused Brussels of ‘living in a parallel universe’ and said there could not be a ‘deal at any cost.’
James Kirkup and Bruno Waterfield
23 Nov 2012
Talks on a new European Union budget have collapsed after David Cameron won German support in a row with France about his demands for more cuts in spending.
The Prime Minister accused Brussels of ‘living in a parallel universe’ and said there could not be a ‘deal at any cost.’
Speaking at the end of the failed summit Mr Cameron said: “We’re not going to be tough on budgets at home just to come here and sign up to an increase.
“Frankly the deal on the table was just not good enough. It wasn’t good enough for Britain and neither was it good enough for a number of countries.
“In the UK we are cutting admin budgets by as much as a third, civil service staff by 10 per cent in two years. None of this has been easy. Meanwhile Brussels continues to exist as if it is in a parallel universe.”