Should we pay or should we go?

Euro Yes No?

Published: Saturday 25th October 2014 by Paul Nickerson - Writer

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The European Union has revised the contribution of its member states and Britain is having to pay more. After re-hashing its numbers the EU is now demanding Britons fork out an extra £1.7bn towards its budget. 

Last night David Cameron said they had “another thing coming” if they thought the UK would meet the 1st December deadline handed down by Brussels. However Alexander Graf Lamsbdorf, a German MEP said other EU nations would be “exasperated” if Britain refused to pay.

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Commission President Jose Manuel Borroso last night made it clear that the money is owed under a pledge already agreed by Britain and other countries. He said it’s only fair that countries whose economies have done better pay more.

France is set to receive up to a £1bn rebate under the scheme.

The crisis has given weight to those who believe Britain would be better off out the European Union all together. Veteran Eurosceptic Sir Bill Cash told Radio 4’s Today programme most countries would “ignore” the demands. His views were echoed by former Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind who said it was “ridiculous” to expect Britain to pay.”

But with the Prime Minister reported to be “downright angry” and others calling for withdrawal from the EU altogether what’s your view?

 

 

 

Published: Saturday 25th October 2014 by Paul Nickerson - Writer

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