Potters Bar’s MP quizzes Prime Minister over UK’s budget

HERTSMERE MP James Clappison has urged the Prime Minister David Cameron to oppose any attempts from the European Union to interfere in the running of the UK’s economy.

The Tory backbencher spoke out following media reports that EU officials had wanted to vet Chancellor George Osborne’s emergency Budget before it was presented to the House of Commons.

Speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Clappison asked the premier: “Can my Rt Hon Friend give an assurance that he will resist further moves towards economic governance of the United Kingdom by the European Union, and that we will not see the vetting of our Budget plans by the European Commission before those plans are presented to the House?”

In reply, Mr Cameron said: “My Hon Friend is entirely right.

“The UK Budget should be shown to the UK Parliament before it is shown to anyone else, and that will always be the case under this Government.

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“I am pleased to report that subsequent to the publication of our Budget, a number of international bodies – such as the OECD, the EU, the G8 and the G20 – have recognised that it is an extremely good Budget that will help to put this country back on track.”

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