‘Socialist will not sign off budget’
What planet is he on to believe this is a good deal for the Great British taxpayer?
story’s not over. The European Parliament has to ratify the proposed budget agreement.
President of the European Parliament, the German socialist Martin Schultz, needs to sign it off for it to pass. And the deal could be blocked by MEPs after Schulz threatened to use new powers under the Lisbon Treaty to veto any cuts in the size of the EU budget.
He said: “As President of the European Parliament, whose signature is required for the definitive adoption of the budget, I cannot, will not and, indeed, may not accept what amounts to deficit budgets”.
With his customary regard for democracy and transparency, Schultz means to gain the support of the EU parliament through a “secret vote”.
We will have to wait and see, but there is still a possibility that this rather modest budget proposal will be blocked by the committed Euro-Federalists.
other big news story is the horse meat scandal, which has exposed the failures of the EU single market and its regulation procedures.
Typically the European Union ties our hands when we try to respond to the crisis. The UK cannot introduce a temporary ban on foreign meant under trade rules (even though the French banned imports of British beef and cattle during the BSE crisis in 1990 and Italy banned the import of French beef in November 2000).
We, however, are forced to negotiate with unelected commissioners before we can even introduce random testing.
The EU has helped to cause this problem and is now preventing us from fixing it effectively ourselves. Now they are using this exercise to grab more power from member states.
we’ve seen a glimpse of the potential consequences of mass Bulgarian and Romanian immigration in 2014 from the German experience.
Several German cities are begging for help from central government in dealing with the fallout of the influx, which they say includes severe problems in schools, illegal working, increased benefit payouts, and an alarming rise in organised crime.
The cities of Dortmund, Hanover, Duisburg, Berlin and Hamburg all say that the “the social balance and social peace is extremely endangered” by the flood of migration.
This is compounded by the fact that German courts have ruled that EU citizens from Bulgaria and Romania are entitled to healthcare and social benefits in Germany even without a