UK Daily Express
Thursday, Oct 29th, 2009
SECRET plans to seize more than £4billion a year from Britain and make its citizens pay taxes direct to Europe emerged last night.
The leaked proposals, seen by the Daily Express, state that Britain should lose the billions of pounds in rebate that was agreed by Margaret Thatcher 25 years ago.
The plans – with a foreword by European Union Commissioner Jose Manuel Barroso – would cost every British family at least £155 a year.
They would also mean Brussels being given the power to dip straight into taxpayers’ pockets.
The proposals prompted fury last night.
Shadow Europe Minister Mark Francois vowed they would be resisted by a Tory government.
He said: “The idea of an EU tax is a non-starter.
“Britain is a major net contributor to the EU and it is important that we do not pay more than our share.
“A Conservative Government would defend that position robustly.”
Possible taxes suggested in the report – which could be discussed as soon as the start of the European summit in Brussels tomorrow – include levies on phone calls, flights, financial transactions or carbon emissions.
This article was posted: Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 4:03 am