BIGGER BUDGET, BIGGER PLANS, FOR FEWER PEOPLE
EXPANSIONIST EU COMMISSION IN CASH GRAB FROM EU27
EU COMMISSION UNVEILS SPEND & TAX GRAB FOR A SMALLER EU
18% HIKE IN BUDGET FOR AN EU OF 13% FEWER PEOPLE
THIS IS WHAT REMOANER MPs & PEERS WANT YOU TO REMAIN IN
Every 7 years the EU sets a budget for itself. We are currently in the budget period for 2014-2020 and the next budget, or “Multi-annual Financial Framework” (MFF), will start the day after the UK’s “Transition Period” supposedly ends, on 01 Jan 2021.
RELEVANCE FOR BREXIT – WHY CARE IF WE WILL HAVE LEFT BY THEN?
EU is demanding huge Brexit bill – new budget explains why they’re desperate for money
Mrs May has already said she wants to continue paying for programmes post-Brexit
These will now be much more expensive
New EU spending proves our (& others’) warnings, eg a federalist EU with EU Army, new EU taxes, etc
Remoaner MPs & peers must explain if this is the EU they want to remain in
WHAT HAPPENED AT THE EU YESTERDAY? (WHAT THE BBC ISN’T TELLING YOU)
Yesterday was a big day for the Brussels’ eurocratic elite. It was the day they presented their grandiose new budget proposals lasting until 2027 – what they propose to spend EU taxpayers’ money on and how they propose to take it.
TOTAL: €1,279,408,000,000 (€1.28 TRILLION)
AN INCREASE OF 17.7%
“It is an honest response to today’s reality in which Europe is expected to play a greater role in providing security and stability in an unstable world, at a time when Brexit will leave a sizeable gap in the EU budget.”
EU Commission, 02 May 2018
The EU budget is enormous and it’s hugely complicated. In this article Brexit Facts4EU.Org can only aim to give you the highlights of the key information you really need to know. In further articles we will look at various areas in more detail, where we consider they are relevant to Brexit.
BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG SUMMARY
SOME KEY FACTS FROM THE NEW BUDGET PROPOSALS
New EU standard Corporation Tax of 3% in addition to tax rates of member states
Huge increases in immigration costs, youth programmes, security & defence
New EU defence budget of €29 billion
€10.5bn of this is a new off-the-books “European Peace Facility”
Immigration costs rocket to €35 billion, plus extra costs included in other budget lines
New EU tax on plastic packaging
New 20% EU tax on carbon emissions
Member states’ income from customs tariffs on imported goods to be halved
Farmers’ subsidies via CAP to be cut
All rebates (such as UK’s annual budget rebate) to be eliminated
New MFF: €1.28 trillion (previously €1.09 trillion)
This is an increase of 17.7% at current prices
Equivalent to 1.11% of the EU27’s gross national income (prev: 1%)
Finally, no money if states (eg Poland, Hungary, etc) don’t follow EU rules
States must continue to fund all existing EU in-country programmes from their own budgets
SOME SPENDING AREAS WITH BIGGEST INCREASES:
Immigration & Borders – 2.6 times bigger
Youth – 2.2 times bigger
Security – 1.8 times bigger
Climate & Environment – 1.7 times bigger
Research, Innovation & Digital – 1.6 times bigger
External Action (includes Africa subsidies for emigration prevention) – 1.3 times bigger
WHAT HAPPENS TO THIS BUDGET PROPOSAL NOW?
The MFF Regulation follows a special legislative procedure set out in Article 312 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. The Council will adopt the MFF Regulation by unanimity, after receiving the consent of the European Parliament. Under this consent procedure, the Parliament, voting with absolute majority, can approve or reject the Council’s position, but cannot amend it. With only a few exceptions, the sector-specific legislation is adopted under the ordinary legislative procedure where Council and Parliament decide jointly, on an equal footing.
Finally, changing the EU’s overall financing system (the Own Resources Decision) requires unanimity of Member States and ratification by national parliaments.
Over the years we have uncovered many surprising stories about the EU, some of which have been breathtaking. It therefore takes a lot to shock us when it comes to the EU’s behaviour.
This new budget proposal from the EU Commission ranks right up there in the ‘shock stakes’ and is one of the most astonishing of all stories we have worked on. In the article above we have barely scratched the surface with the amazing developments contained within the thousands of pages released by the EU yesterday.
We have tried to summarize some of the major facts we thought you would want to know, without boring you with too many statistics and figures at one go. In coming articles we will focus on a few areas which will be of particular interest to our main Brexiteer readership.
For now we will make a couple of serious points. When you watch the BBC’s reports on this – assuming they actually cover this – please just remember that this is a massive story with elements which blow out of the water many of the claims from those in the Commons and the House of Lords that we should stay in this dysfunctional mess.
As we conclude this piece (at 5.30am), there is nothing on the BBC’s UK news about this new budget, despite all its ramifications. Nor is there anything on the ‘Europe’ section of its site. You might want to ask them why not?
Our second point is just to draw your attention to the new 3% EU corporation tax which is proposed, on top of each country’s own corporate tax rates. Perhaps someone might like to ask the CBI if they still think the EU is so lovable?
In the coming days we will do our best to bring you a devastating indictment of the EU’s plans to spend tens of billions on its own armed forces, despite Nick Clegg having told us that the EU had no such aspirations and that the idea of an EU Army, that we have continually warned about, was “a dangerous fantasy”.[Source: EU Commission] 06.30am, 03 May 2018