29 JUN 2011
British taxpayers will have to pay an extra £1.6billion a year towards funding the EU under a massive seven-year Brussels budget demand tabled by the European Commission today.
By Bruno Waterfield | The Telegraph
Despite national austerity measures, including a savage EU-IMF programme of cuts in Greece, The Daily Telegraph understands that a draft EU “multiannual financial framework” will increase spending by 12.5 per cent.
The rise, at over five times the EU rate of inflation, will take Britain's annual contribution to £13billion a year.
The move is a calculated snub to David Cameron's call for a Brussels spending freeze and fires the first shot in a looming budget war between Brussels and national governments led by Britain.
Under the plans, Britain will have to pay an extra £11.2billion in contributions to the EU between 2014 and 2020 at a time of painful national spending cuts and economic uncertainty.
The massive increase in spending would take the average British family's annual EU bill to £700, up an extra £113 during the most difficult economic time for a generation.
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