Left­ies say cut our EU re­bate

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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%.

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