Press briefing: afternoon 8 May 2014
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The Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) answered questions on Ukraine, meat labelling, a recent speech by President Barroso and knife crime.
Asked about the situation in Ukraine, the PMS said the important test would be seeing actions on the ground supporting Ukrainian elections later in May. The Foreign Secretary had said all Ukrainians should have the opportunity to express their democratic will.
Asked about food labelling rules, PMS said that it was a matter of consumer choice. The PM understood that consumers may rightly make demands on their retailers and that it was a matter for retailers and restaurants to work with consumers on this issue.
Speech by President Barroso
Asked whether the PM welcomed a speech by President Barroso saying Britain should be treated differently within the EU, the PMS said the government had seen engagement from senior EU figures on the issue. The PM’s approach was that the EU should not follow a ‘one size fits all’ principle.
Asked about knife crime, the PMS said the government had been working on measures to tackle knife crime for some time.