The European Commission is to defy austerity by demanding an EU budget increase of seven per cent meaning extra contributions from British taxpayers to Brussels of £900 million next year.

If agreed at a Brussels summit in June, the Commission\’s budget would mean that the annual tax burden for paying EU membership contributions would rise to £666 for every British household.

Can we leave yet?

9 comments on “The European Commission is to defy austerity by demanding an EU budget increase of seven per cent meaning extra contributions from British taxpayers to Brussels of £900 million next year.

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  2. That’s presumably as opposed to the £16,666 per household cost of keeping the British government in moats and duck houses?

    Can we leave yet?

  3. No we can’t because if we do they are even more likely to copy the Americans by claiming extra-territorial jurisdiction and imposing stuff on UK via rules that apply to any company that does any business anywhere in the EU.
    Cameron can team up with Sarkozy to veto it.

  4. could i just ask, why do you think this topic has been avoided so far by the majority of the main press..? there seems to big lack of coverage..

  5. Jo p – I guess this hasn’t been reported yet because the proposed budget for 2013 hasn’t been announced yet. No doubt we’ll see ample coverage next week when the announcement is made. In the meantime the Telegraph article is speculation, maybe well-founded, maybe not.

  6. “The demand, amounting to £898 million in extra contributions, would mean new cuts in national spending and additional reductions in expenditure on public services in Britain.”

    What is the difference between ‘new cuts in national spending’ and ‘additional reductions in expenditure on public services’?

  7. One has to wonder why the UK ever joined the EU in the first place. There seems to be no interest in actually contributing to the project so it’s no surprise that the British feel underrepresented…

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