Lefties say cut our EU rebate
BRITAIN should sacrifice its annual rebate from the European Union to secure a deal for a significant real-terms cut in the Brussels budget, a leftie think-tank said yesterday.
The IPPR said such a “grand bargain” could be sold to the British public if the budget cuts were deep enough to ensure that the UK’s contribution still dropped overall.
Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to maintain the rebate – won by Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s – as he prepares for tough negotiations on future EU spending next month. He opposes proposals from the European Commission that would see a 5% hike and threatens to veto any rise above inflation – currently 2%.