February 21, 2020 / 8:50 AM / 2 months ago

Czech PM: we can 'go home' if countries insist on lower budget at EU summit

Prime Minister of Czech Republic Andrej Babis arrives for the a special European council on budget in Brussels, Belgium February 20, 2020. Julien Warnand/Pool via REUTERS

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Friday “we can go straight home” from a European Union leaders’ summit if a quartet of countries maintained their stance to limit the bloc’s next budget.

“If the group of four rich countries (of) Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands and Austria insist (on this), we can go straight home,” Babis said on his Twitter account, adding their stance would mean 75 billion euros less to the budget than the European Council president’s proposals.

EU leaders were holding a second day of discussions after making no headway on Thursday in fractious talks on a joint 2021-27 budget.

Reporting by Jason Hovet; Editing by Alison Williams

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