UK Daily Mail
Aug 10, 2010
Brussels has launched an audacious bid for new powers to impose taxes in Britain.
EU budget commissioner Janusz Lewandowski said the economic downturn provided the perfect opportunity to introduce new taxes across Europe to help fund the Commission’s expanding empire.
Taxes on flights, bank transactions and energy use are all under consideration.
They could raise tens of billions a year from businesses and consumers to swell the EU’s coffers.
The proposals have sparked a backlash in Britain, with critics accusing the EU of attempting to create a ‘country called Europe’.
But Mr Lewandowski, a 59-year-old Polish economist, insisted he was winning support for the idea in European capitals, including Berlin.
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