The EU Budget must be cut
Feb 2013 07

European national leaders are back to the negotiating table in Brussels today to try and strike a deal on the next seven years of EU spending after initial negotiations broke down in November 2012.

The original budget for 2014-2020 proposed by the EU Commission came in at over one trillion euros, representing an increase of an eye-watering 5%. The latest proposal is shy of that one trillion euro figure, but would still mean an increase in spending by the European Union.

Taxpayers’ money is already being wasted in the EU; in fact the European Court of Auditors has refused to sign off on the EU accounts for eighteen years in a row. At a time when many government departments have made real-terms cuts of more than 30% since 2010-11, it is insulting for the EU to be demanding even more from British taxpayers.

The Commission’s proposals also reek of hypocrisy – the EU is the first to demand that member states make cuts, so it is about time they took their own advice and started getting their own spending under control rather than asking already hard-pressed taxpayers to cough up more cash.

David Cameron cannot back down during these negotiations and must seek a cut in the EU Budget. For him to return to the UK with anything less would be a bitter blow for British taxpayers. People simply won’t be prepared to sit back and accept the Brussels bureaucracy swallowing up even more of their cash.

Eleanor works with the Campaign and Research teams to promote the TPA’s campaigns and liaise with the media.

  • tragen

    The Conservatives are already crowing about Mr.Slippery’s negotiating skills in that he seems to have convinced his EU partners to cut the budget but by how much? In my view the so called cut will just about cover the cost of the fine dining that has been going on during the negotiations. That aside the reality is that any reduction in our budget contribution will not not be significant and will be eroded by the devaluation in the pound. My question is: why do we pay anything at all? This country has always had a trading deficit with the countries in the EU with whom we trade and so why do we have to pay them to sell us their goods?

  • Stephen Martin

    Or get out of EU all together

  • Ozzie

    Great Britain ought to withhold all our contributions to the EU budget until the accounts are signed off. Something is needed to concentrate these bureaucrats’ minds and nothing but a financial penalty will work.