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Statement on European Council

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The Prime Minister has delivered a statement today in the House of Commons on the European Council

Mr Cameron spoke of the issues the Council dealt with last week, including securing economic recovery; Europe’s growth strategy; the approach to the G20; and progress on Iran.

Watch the Statement on Number 10 TV (under Commons Statements)

Also covered in the statement was Iceland’s application to join the EU and the Council’s commitment to development aid.

The Prime Minister said the Council was “unanimous” in its decision that economic recovery required early action on budget deficits to avoid “major risks”.

The PM concluded:

This was a Council which delivered good outcomes for Britain.

Our citizens don’t want new structures to talk about things - but a new resolve to actually do things, like getting to grips with our massive budget deficits, developing the Single Market, and building the conditions for strong, sustainable and balanced growth.

The Prime Minister also paid tribute to the 300th member of the British Armed Forces to have lost his life as a result of the conflict in Afghanistan.