UK Prime Minister David Cameron faced opposition from the Labour Party and a rebellion from his own backbenchers in the House of Commons recently, over proposals to maintain 2014-2020 EU expenditures at the same level as the 2007-2013 budget.
Mr Cameron's proposal to freeze expenditures was defeated in the Commons, with MPs calling for a real-terms cut in EU spending.
The result is not binding on the government, and Britain – a net contributor to the budget – will only be forced to make a final decision in around a year's time.
However, the vote sends a strong message to Mr Cameron that the British people want to see the UK's overall contribution to the budget cut.
A lot rides on the EU budget for Poland, which has been the biggest recipient of EU largess during the current budget period.
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