Bruno Waterfield, Andrew Porter and James Kirkup
April 21, 2011
David Cameron is under pressure to block a demand from Brussels for British taxpayers to give an extra £682 million next year to the European Union budget.
The additional payment would take Britain’s annual EU contribution to more than £10 billion in 2012, the equivalent of £400 for every household.
The demand from the European Commission started a war of words, with Downing Street calling the request “ludicrous” and George Osborne, the Chancellor, accusing EU officials of having lost touch with reality. Last night the Government refused to say what, if any, increase in Britain’s contributions ministers were prepared to accept, prompting charges that they would eventually “roll over” and agree to hand over more taxpayers’ money.
In 2009, Britons paid £5.3 billion to the EU budget, with the payment rising to £9.2 billion in 2010.
This article was posted: Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 2:29 am