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Jonathan Djanogly questions timing of EU’s demand for extra €2.1 billion UK contribution

27th October 2014

Following the Prime Minister’s statement to the House of Commons on the EU’s demand for an extra €2.1 billion UK contribution, Jonathan Djanogly asks the PM if he believes there is any truth in speculation that the timing of the demand was politically motivated?

Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon) (Con): There has been significant speculation that the €2.1 billion surcharge is politically motivated in terms of timing if not amount. Does my right hon. Friend give that any credence? If so, does he think that legal redress could result?

The Prime Minister: My hon. Friend makes an important point to which I do not know the answer. Obviously, these numbers, which are estimates, were meant to be under intense discussion and scrutiny, and then have a proper announcement. Instead, they came out leaked to a newspaper on Thursday evening. I do not know who was behind that or what the intent was, but what one has to do is act on the information one has. As soon as I heard about it, I assembled the coalition of Italians, Dutch and others to make sure that this is properly looked at.

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