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Osborne: We want EU budget cut

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The government says it will "take notice" of Parliament after last night's Commons defeat over the issue of Europe.

Interviewed by the Today programme's Justin Webb the Chancellor, George Osborne, sais he will listen to all coalition MPs, whether they voted for or against the motion.

"We are going into these negotiations with a tougher position than any British government before us," he explained.

"When the Labour Party was in charge, they allowed big increases in the EU budget. We have made it clear that is completely unacceptable. We will not accept a deal that is not good for the British taxpayer, we will veto any deal that is not good for the British taxpayer, we will only put to the Commons a deal that is good for the British taxpayer.

"That is our position, it is the beginning of a negotiation, let us see where the negotiation leads but no-one should doubt David Cameron's determination, my determination to deliver a deal that is good for the taxpayer and that puts an end to outrageous increases in European spending."

And he added that "Britain has become more eurosceptic over my lifetime... The Conservative Party is aligned with people's instincts on this."


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