In a debate last night on the draft EU Budget for 2011, John Baron MP voted for an amendment [to the Government’s main motion] which expressed concern at the above-inflation increase being made to Britain’s EU budget contribution, and called on the Government to reduce our EU contribution. The amendment was defeated by 252-42.
“The EU budget is huge and stands at around €140 billion. At a time when the Government is having to reduce public spending, it is completely wrong that we should be increasing our contribution to Brussels.”
“This is particularly so given that the EU’s accounts have not been approved by auditors for over a decade which shows waste and fraud within the system.”