Manfred Weber urged members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg to agree on a large common budget to invest in new "ambitious" projects for the bloc in the aftermath of Brexit. MEPs met in Strasbourg on Wednesday to kick off discussions on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), the long-term framework regulating how much each member state has to contribute to the common budget over a seven-year period. David Cameron originally succeeded in having the Commission agree to cut their 2014-2020 MFF prospectus but later attempts to renegotiate Britain’s status in the bloc resulted in the then-Prime Minister calling the Brexit referendum.
Addressing colleagues, Mr Weber said: "David Cameron, in the last discussion on the MFF, pleaded out for just one percent – one percent.
"That was to convince the UK that Europe is efficient, future-oriented and lean."
He continued: "Colleagues, we have seen with the example of Brexit that if we give in to the populists, this will strengthen these populists and not weaken them.
"That’s why we need an ambitious approach, not the lowest-common-denominator