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|Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 7:31 am Post subject: EU WANTS MORE TAX MONEY FROM THE UK TO KEEP SNOUTS IN TROUGH
|EU snubs Cameron with a triple tax grab as his close aides ask if it's time for Britain to quit Europe
By Tim Shipman
Last updated at 8:10 AM on 30th June 2011
Under pressure: The Prime Minister is being asked to veto the latest 'ludicrous' plans to impose three new taxes on Britain
David Cameron is facing pressure to veto the latest ‘ludicrous’ cash demand from Brussels after it announced plans to slap three new taxes on Britain.
The European Commission yesterday revealed budget demands which would cost UK taxpayers £10billion.
In what Treasury officials viewed as one of the most outrageous power grabs in recent memory, they demanded the right to raise a Europe-wide sales tax.
Brussels bosses also called for a new financial transaction tax, which critics say will hurt the City of London and leave consumers with higher borrowing costs.
And they unveiled plans to let Brussels grab a chunk of green taxes which are already being levied on polluters.
In total, the commission demanded nearly £100billion extra for the EU’s budget between 2014 and 2020.
British taxpayers would have to pay £10billion more over the seven-year period – an increase of £1.4billion a year on the current British annual payment of £13.3billion.
And, as the Mail predicted yesterday, the commission also outlined proposals for a new funding formula which would chisel away at Britain’s £3billion-a-year rebate negotiated by Margaret Thatcher.
The fine details of the new taxes were not spelled out, but will be part of a year-long negotiation over the budget.
The demands fuelled growing fury in Downing Street about the greed of Eurocrats at a time when David Cameron has called for the EU to emulate the Coalition’s belt tightening.
They come amid claims that two of the Prime Minister’s closest aides want Britain to leave the EU. Senior government sources say that Oliver Letwin, the Cabinet Office minister who is David Cameron’s policy chief, and Steve Hilton, the Prime Minister’s closest political friend and big ideas guru, have both come to the view that the UK should pull out of Europe altogether.
The Spectator magazine reported: ‘Both have been known to end meetings by saying, “Well, the only solution is to leave the EU”. At least two Cabinet ministers share their view.’
Wanting out? Oliver Letwin, left, and Steve Hilton are two of Cameron's advisers who both think it is time for the UK to pull out of Europe altogether
The EU cash grab came when commission officials outlined plans for the budget between 2014 and 2020. For the first time it will top one trillion euros. The budget demand represents an increase of more than 10.5 per cent, nearly five times the EU’s official inflation rate. It is an open snub to Mr Cameron, who has called for a freeze in the budget.
A senior government official described the EU demands as ‘ludicrous’. And a Treasury spokesman said: ‘The commission’s proposal is completely unrealistic. It is too large, not the restrained budget they claim and incompatible with the tough decisions being taken in countries across Europe.’
A source added: ‘We oppose any new tax to fund the EU budget. We will protect the rebate and we won’t accept anything that means it is not permanent.’
Tory backbencher Douglas Carswell said: ‘My response to reports that cabinet ministers are starting to come round to the view that we should leave the EU would be “about time too”.’
Fellow MP Peter Bone added: ‘The EU has already doubled our contributions. If they want to take more of our rebate, David Cameron needs to wield the male equivalent of a handbag. This is yet another nail in the coffin of the European Union.’
A No 10 spokesman stopped short of denying that Mr Hilton wants to quit the EU but added: ‘Oliver Letwin agrees with the Government’s position which is that it is our policy to be in the EU.’
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