MEP calls for Bri­tish re­bate axe

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BRI­TAIN should be stripped of its EU re­bate for break­ing sol­i­dar­ity at the Euro­pean sum­mit, MEPS have warned.

Joseph Daul, leader of the cen­tre-right Euro­pean Peo­ple’s Party, said David Cameron has acted with no “con­sid­er­a­tion for EU sol­i­dar­ity”.

Dur­ing a de­bate of re­lent­less at­tacks on Mr Cameron, Bri­tain’s po­si­tion was sup­ported by just a hand­ful of MEPS – in­clud­ing Jan Za­hadril, the Czech leader of the Euro­pean Con­ser­va­tives and Re­formists Group, which in­cludes UK Tory MEPS.

Mr Daul warned: “The Bri­tish cheque (the an­nual re­bate on the UK’S EU con­tri­bu­tions) is now up for ques­tion. Tax monies should be spent on some­one else rather than com­pen­sat­ing self­ish na­tion­al­ism.” SE­NIOR Con­ser­va­tives and Lib Dems have had what is be­ing called a “busi­ness-like” meet­ing of the coali­tion cabi­net af­ter re­cent ten­sions over the EU.

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Min­is­ter, chose not to at­tend Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron’s state­ment to MPS on the EU sum­mit – un­happy with the sum­mit’s out­come and warn­ing against UK iso­la­tion.

The PM’S of­fi­cial spokesman said the at­mos­phere at this week’s cabi­net meet­ing’s was “the same as usual”.

But sources say the Lib Dem En­ergy and Cli­mate Change Sec­re­tary was the most out­spo­ken dur­ing the 90-minute meet­ing, with grow­ing ten­sions over Europe dom­i­nat­ing the Down­ing Street get-to­gether.

…And we won’t

say any more about Nick’s silly out­burst on TV at

the week­end …and the Prime Min­is­ter can go f*** him­self, quite frankly!

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