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The Prime Minister’s closing press conference at the G8 Summit, Lough Erne on 18 June 2013. This is a transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered.

The Rt Hon David Cameron MP

Good afternoon and welcome everybody. We set a very clear agenda for this summit: tax, trade and transparency. I believe we made real progress on all three of these. We launched negotiations on the biggest bilateral trade dealin history. We agreed a Lough Erne declaration that has the potential to rewrite the rules on tax and transparency for the benefit of countries right across the world, including the poorest countries of the world.

And we have commissioned a new international mechanism that will identify where multinational companies are earning their profits and paying their taxes, so we can track and expose those who aren’t paying their fair share. This international tax tool is going to be a real feature of ensuring we get proper tax payment and proper tax justice in our world.

Alongside this, we have agreed new ways of stepping up the fight against terrorism and extremism, including more support for the government and people of Libya. And we have signed a declaration to end the payment of ransoms for kidnap by terrorists.

The conflict in Syria was the most difficult issue of all. The first priority must be to help those who are caught up in the conflict, and we have agreed almost $1.5 billion of new humanitarian support to help those who have been displaced by the conflict and who are suffering. We also overcame fundamental differences on a way forward in working together to help the Syrian people to achieve the change that they want.

I know some people wonder whether these summits really achieve anything. I believe Lough Erne has delivered on all of these issues, and I want to take each one in turn. We started with the issue that matters most to people: jobs, growth, mending our broken economies. We agreed a strategy for growth, a strategy for Britain’s hardworking families. This must be based on dealing with our debts, unlocking the finance that businesses and families need, and increasing our competitiveness so that young people can get into work and succeed in the global race.

We started the summit by launching negotiations on an EU/US trade dealthat could have a greater impact than all the other bilateral trade deals that are on the table. And these deals, they may sound arcane, but it’s about jobs, it’s about low prices in our shops.

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