13 JUN 2011
By Macer Hall | Daily Express
TAXPAYERS face an extra hike in payments to Brussels after Croatia was last night given the go-ahead to join the European Union.
The former Yugoslav republic is expected to become a full member of the EU in July 2013, the European Commission announced yesterday.
But critics warned that supporting the Croatian economy will increase the burden on the UK.
As the Daily Express continues to campaign for Britain to leave the EU, Treasury officials estimate that Croatia’s membership will cost the UK around £200million a year. It will also raise the membership hopes of other countries on the fringes of the EU, such as Serbia and Turkey.
Euro MP Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, said: “The EU is broke. To include another Balkan country at this time would be financial nonsense.”