EU budget farce bad for the UK

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Schulz and Hollande

The EU budget has dragged on for a second day. The papers started triumphantly lauding a success for David Cameron. He cut the EU budget, they said.

We held off a response because the devil will always be in the detail.

As the day has gone on, we note analysis from Open Europe saying that the EU’s own funding mechanism means, a cut or not, the UK net contribution to the EU budget is likely to increase. Update: The deal confirms that UK Contributions will not be reduced and instead will go to pay for future EU expansion. That’s our money paying for the next wave of uncontrolled EU immigration.

This is unacceptable.

Next we hear Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament, is threatening to veto any cut and put the budget proposals to secret vote when the Parliament comes to ratify the deal.

This is unacceptable.

Whichever way you look at it, British taxpayers and our democracy are worse off as a result of the proposals so far.

Britain is a net contributor to the EU. For every £1 we give them, we get 60p back. We thought we were signed up to a Common Market. What sort of trade group requires a membership fee? The mutual benefits of free trade should render the need for a fee redundant.

Enough is enough of this farce. Schulz’s behaviour shows the EU institutions are unable to sensible debate and reform. The British people are tiring of the EU and want out.

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