Fears raised over bigger bill from Europe

MEP Paul Nuttall
MEP Paul Nuttall
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A £385m EU bill for British taxpayers has been greeted with anger by Fylde UKIP Euro MP Paul Nuttall.

He said: “The European Union is scandalously profligate with money but then of course it’s always easy to have a spending spree when using someone else’s cash.”

The European Union is scandalously profligate with money but then of course it’s always easy to have a spending spree when using someone else’s cash

EU leaders decided in July to rein in spending but the Budget Control Committee has voted to raise the total budget by £3.3bn to £108.7bn next year.

This will take Britain’s share up by £385m to £12.6bn.

The total includes an extra £900m to deal with the flow of migrants to Europe.

Mr Nuttall added: “This is outrageous but it will help our campaign for Britain to leave the EU as it is yet another demonstration of how wasteful this monolith is and how powerless we are to have control over our own taxpayers’ money.

“The amount of waste in Brussels is absolutely eye-watering and instead of just demanding more and more money from member states they should be tightening up on that.

“People in this country are living in times of austerity but that has not apparently filtered through to the Eurocrats.”

But other MEPs insist the rise in the total budget – which includes an extra £900m to deal with the flow of migrants to Europe and £371m to help dairy farmers – is necessary.

Some British business leaders are also concerned about the rise.