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Yorkshire MEP hits out at EU bailout plans

Godfrey Bloom

12:30am 6th November 2011

Plans to increase, instead of cut, the EU budget have been described as “scandalous” by Yorkshire MEP Godfrey Bloom.

"At a time of austerity and slashing of public spending it is absolutely scandalous that the European Parliament is calling for a five percent budget increase.

“To attempt to just freeze the EU budget as the Tory Party wants, is a slap in the face for all those enduring hardship at home. It is not enough that we freeze the EU budget, it must be slashed.

"Despite deep cuts in public services it is just incredible that the European Parliament would vote in favour of 5.23 per cent increase in the EU's spending next year to €133 billion."

Mr Bloom said that UKIP joined with other parties and MEPs in the European Parliament recently to table and support amendments to reduce the EU spending budget.

"We did not vote to increase or to freeze the EU Budget. We called for cuts and UKIP also voted for an amendment to reduce MEP allowances by 25 per cent.

"People will be shocked to hear that the total cost of administration alone for the EU institutions shall be increased to a massive 8,257 million euro.

"It is shocking that while the EU is demanding and enforcing national budget slashing in Greece, they all want to increase the taxpayer money allocated to itself.

“To increase or just freeze the EU budget is a scandal, there need to be deep cuts. Why should the taxpayer and everyone else suffer hardship while the EU wants a life of luxury for bureaucrats.  The British taxpayer has been abused long enough by the EU.

‘It is incredible that Labour and LibDem MEPs would vote for EU budget increases. It shows the naivety of the Tory party, which just called for a budget freeze, to think that they are going to get anywhere. The EU wants to tax and spend more, it is irreformable.

“There is as much chance of the EU freezing its budget as they EU stopping the monthly jolly to Strasbourg. It will never happen.

“To exert real change in the EU, we must pull out. Anything else is as useless as one of David Cameron's cast iron guarantees.”  said Mr Bloom.

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