Another EU rip-off

While the EU is trying to rip Britain off, yet again, thousands of Eurocrats earn more than most heads of government. There is vast waste on much more besides. Britain has simply got to leave

No shame in Brussels
Alan Murad
On 30 October 2014 12:26

David Cameron is frothing at the EU for adding a £1.7 billion (€2.1 billion) top-up to Britain’s membership fee, to be paid on December, 1. This surcharge did not strike like lightning out of the blue.

Our membership fee has always increased relentlessly every year. The political establishment is feigning surprise and outrage but it’s not news to anybody that the EU is a byword for “mismanagement, epic waste and abuse of public money”.

Consider these facts:

And where does Britain stand in relation to the EU?

With all the wasteful spending, the EU has essentially been running a deficit because they overspend on their do-good programs, much of it effectively foreign aid to countries like Ukraine and Mauritius.

Overspending is the reason why Cameron’s mythical budget cuts were reversed by the European Parliament. Unpaid bills get passed on to Britain as well as struggling European countries such as Italy and Greece, while Germany gets a £614 million rebate (€ 777 million).

How has the European Union come to this outrageous decision?

The EU Commissioner responsible for the budget has threatened Cameron, saying he is opening a “Pandora’s box” by challenging the top-up fee, which could result in Britain losing its rebate.

They will make good on their threat if Cameron does not pay the bill on time. But words aren’t enough. Cameron needs to rekindle the spirit of Thatcher at Fontainbleau and make it clear to Brussels that this is British tax payer’s money and we will not inject even more money into a wasteful politicised union. The federalist project does not have the support of the British public.

We are being punished for our success, while the EU rewards and congratulates countries for failure! That’s just the way the EU works and we are all paying for the privilege.

If Cameron and the establishment are earnest about being outraged over the extortionate practices of the EU, they will push forward the In/Out referendum. The only way to stop funding the EU’s wasteful bureaucracy is to Get Britain Out.

Alan Murad is a researcher and campaigns manager at Get Britain Out

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