BRITISH taxpayers will be hit with an extra £850million bill from Brussels if the UK remains a full member of the EU Single Market, it emerged last night. Figures slipped out by the European Commission revealed that Eurocrats have secretly hiked their spending plans for the next three years by £1billion. The decision will mean an expenditure limit imposed by David Cameron and other European leaders at the beginning of the current seven-year budget period is set to be busted. And other Brussels documents showed EU officials have pencilled in a further potential budget increases worth nearly £6billion over the same period. It means the UK could be liable for unexpected extra contributions totalling up to £850million by 2020 if it remains tied into Single Market rules.
Germany has begun to harden its stance with the UK over Brexit, with its finance minister warning that Britain would face EU budget bills for more than a decade even after severing political ties with the bloc. Wolfgang Schäuble’s comments will dash Theresa May’s hopes that Berlin would help to soften demands – particularly’s France desire to ensure the UK pays a heavy price for voting to leave the EU. François Hollande, the French president, is concerned that giving Britain an easy ride could encourage anti-EU forces in France to demand a vote on membership of the bloc. “Until the UK’s exit is complete, Britain will certainly have to fulfil its commitments,” Schäuble told the Financial Times (paywall). “Possibly there will be some commitments that last beyond the exit … even, in part, to 2030. Also we cannot grant any generous rebates.”
Germany has warned that Britain may have to continue to pay EU contributions for a decade after Brexit, ahead of a meeting between Theresa May and Angela Merkel in Berlin. Wolfgang Schauble, the German finance minister, said that Britain’s financial commitments will “last beyond the exit” and that it will not benefit from any rebates. Britain is hoping that Germany will help to temper demands from France that Britain must “pay a price” for its decision to leave the EU. Ministers were encouraged last week after Mrs Merkel suggested that she was willing to compromise on free movement in the wake of Brexit.
Britain could be forced to pay into the EU for a decade after it leaves, senior European politicians said yesterday. Wolfgang Schäuble, the German finance minister, backed claims from Poland that the EU would continue to demand billions of pounds in contributions after Brexit to cover its previous pledges. He suggested that Britain could still be making payments ten years after it left the EU because some spending commitments may stretch forward by more than a decade. “Until the UK’s exit is complete, Britain will certainly have to fulfil its commitments,” he told the Financial Times. “Possibly there will be some commitments that last beyond the exit even, in part, to 2030. Also we cannot grant any generous rebates.”
POLAND today told Britain to continue handing over UK taxpayers’ cash to Brussels even if it has already quit the EU. The country’s deputy foreign minister Konrad Szymanski suggested Britain could carry on paying into the EU’s coffers until the end of the current seven-year budgetary period in 2020. This is despite Theresa May aiming to take Britain out of the bloc by early 2019. Mr Szymanski said: “I think the EU will stand on the position that in the current financial framework Britain’s budget contributions should be upheld.” The Polish minister spoke a day after meeting the European Commission’s top Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. The French official, described as an ‘old-style European integrationist’, is currently meeting with all other 27 EU member states to hear their red lines ahead of Brexit talks.
The United Kingdom has got some kind of structure in place for negotiating its exit from the European Union but divorce talks will not be easy, pro-EU Scotland’s Brexit representative said on Thursday. “We have a sort of negotiating structure established within the UK now, a joint ministerial committee of the governments and they are looking at it,” Michael Russell said at an event in Berlin organised by the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. “But it’s not going to be easy, it’s not going to be good. Scotland wants to maintain and build on the relationship (with the EU),” he added. A Deloitte memo that was leaked earlier this week – and which the British government dismissed as having no credibility – said Britain has no overall strategy for leaving the EU and splits in Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet could delay a clear negotiating position for six months.
THE need to exit the EU quickly has been underlined by new revelations Eurocrats want a power grab of British intelligence services, Brexit campaigners have warned. Revelations from Brussels show that the European Commission is planning on pushing on greater defence integration than previously feared including attempting to get automatic access to information from MI5 and MI6. It comes amid further revelations that Commission President Jean Claude Juncker is building up a package of Brexit demands including an exit bill of €60 billion (£51.1 billion) from the UK. New revelations from Brussels shows that the EU is not only seeking to have an EU army but wants control over all European security issues.
MINSTERS were last night urged to radically review Britain’s mammoth aid budget after it emerged £1.3. BILLION was funnelled to the European Commission last year. Official figures confirmed Britain splashed out a whopping £12.1 billion in aid around the world in 2015 – up £437 million and more than any other nation bar the USA. Some £186 million went to Asian superpower India. But the amount sent to the EU for Brussels to splurge on their own aid projects leapt 16 per cent to £1.3 billion – 10 per cent of Britain’s total bill. Furious Tory backbenchers demanded new International Development Secretary Priti Patel live up to her promises to shake up the aid programme – amid fears a fortune is being wasted. The European development aid budget has previously spent money on a pro-EU TV series in Turkey, funded 22 aid programmes in China and built a hotel in Barbados to fund “hospitality” training.
The amount of money Britain pours into the EU aid budget soared by almost £200million in just one year. In 2015 alone, the UK sent more than £1.3billion to Brussels to be spent on development projects across the world. That is an increase of 16 per cent on the year before, according to statistics released by the Department for International Development. A source at the department said the rise had occurred due to the migration crisis, which involved ploughing money into vast refugee camps to try and deter people from making the dangerous journey to Europe. As long as it remains a member, Britain has to contribute one pound in every eight of the amount the European Commission spends on aid – even though auditors have warned much of the money is wasted. The Government is also obliged to maintain aid spending at 0.7 per cent of national income under a law passed in 2015.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said he is “mortified” by the establishment media’s constant attacks on Donald Trump’s director of strategy Steve Bannon, describing them as “laughable”. Speaking to Raheem Kassam on Breitbart News Daily, Mr Farage said that if you challenge the establishment they lash out against you. “They use mockery, they use abuse, but ultimately what they use above all else is the tactic of demonization,” he said. This demonization consists of using pejorative terms against someone and then trying to make them stick as fact, he added.
MPs are urging the government to halve air passenger duty in next week’s Autumn Statement, saying the tax hampers post-Brexit Britain’s ability to trade outside Europe. The British Infrastructure Group (BIG) claims the tax acts directly against a policy of extending UK business links to the “farthest reaches of the globe”. The tax is set to rise again in April to £150 for some long-haul flights. In a report, BIG said it should be cut by 50%, then scrapped altogether. Grant Shapps, the former international development minister who leads BIG, said Prime Minister Theresa May needs to make good on a promise she gave on Monday to “forge a bold, new, confident future for ourselves in the world”. He said: “Particularly post-Brexit, now is the time to do it.” He added that reducing air passenger duty (APD) could provide an immediate “Brexit dividend” because the government would not have to wait until Article 50 is triggered to make the cut.
Britain said on Thursday it had ratified the Paris Agreement, the global deal to combat climate change. The Paris Agreement came into force on Nov. 4 when more than 55 countries representing more than 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions ratified the deal. “The UK is ratifying the historic Paris Agreement so that we can help to accelerate global action on climate change and deliver on our commitments to create a safer, more prosperous future for us all,” Nick Hurd, Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry, said.
The UK government has signed a document ratifying the world’s first comprehensive agreement on tackling climate change. Parliament raised no objections to the Paris deal; after the government signed the deal on Thursday, it is now just awaiting deposition at the UN. The government is set to announce tomorrow that ratification is complete. It comes in the wake of the election of Donald Trump, who has described climate change as a hoax. The US President-elect promised to re-instate the coal industry in the US and withdraw from the Paris deal which the US has already ratified. A government spokesman told BBC News earlier this week that the change in power in the US would not divert the UK from its climate change targets.
The UK has signed the world’s first comprehensive climate change treaty to limit global temperature rises. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson ratified the Paris Agreement, which means the UK is now bound to try to keep temperature increases “well below” 2C. More than 100 countries have already signed the deal, which came into force earlier this month. The move has been welcomed by environmental campaigners, who are concerned that Donald Trump’s election could threaten global action on climate change.
Fifa has announced it has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Football Association and Scottish Football Association for the wearing of poppies during last week’s World Cup qualifier. Players from both sides wore black armbands bearing poppies as England ran out 3-0 winners at Wembley. Fifa’s rules currently prohibit “political” statements on shirts. “We can confirm that disciplinary proceedings have been opened on this matter,” a Fifa spokesman said. The FA has already said it will contest any fine and believes its ”legal position is right and our moral position is right”.
WAR heroes branded world football bosses “pathetic” last night after Fifa launched disciplinary proceedings over poppies worn by England and Scotland. Both sides stood up to the world governing body’s callous ban when they wore armbands showing the touching tribute during their Armistice Day match. But the heartless bureaucrats confirmed they HAVE launched disciplinary proceedings against the Three Lions and their Scottish rivals. The move flies in the face of a Sun campaign backed by PM Theresa May, sports stars, celebrities including Roger Moore and veterans . Last night Falklands legend Simon Weston raged: “This is pathetic from Fifa.
Loch Ness Monster
A SENSATIONAL photo appears to have finally captured proof of the legendary Loch Ness Monster’s existence. The snap shows ripples and suspicious splashing on the surface of Loch Ness in Scotland. It was taken by Steve Frame, 50, as he drove past the lake from his home nearby. He had just passed the Temple Pier which overlooks Urquhart Castle when he spotted a strange commotion in the water. Steve told the Scottish Sun: “I was driving into Inverness to run some errands when I saw this disturbance on the loch out of the corner of my eye. “I pulled in to the roadside and watched it for 20-30 seconds and took a couple of pictures. Something had broken the surface and was thrashing about but I couldn’t tell what it was. “There were no boats about and it definitely wasn’t a seal, a bird or a fish. It was much too big for that.”