Cameron left “battered and bruised” by euro elite says UKIP’s Jonathan Arnott MEP

An EU Commission chief’s comments stating that there is ‘no discretion’ on the EU’s £1.7bn surcharge and ‘no discretion either not to apply the penalty interests’ shows that Cameron’s pledge not to pay a sum is ‘pie in the sky’, according to UKIP’s EU Budget Spokesman, Jonathan Arnott MEP.

The comments were made in the EU’s budgetary committee yesterday when UKIP’s MEP quizzed the EU Commission representative over the £1.7bn charge which was landed on the UK taxpayer nearly a fortnight ago.

The Brussels based EU Commission representative said “The regulations say that a member state shall pay in by the 1st December, there is no discretion on the date, there is no discretion on the amount, it has to be the one which has been calculated, and if the payment is not done by the 1st of December there is no discretion either not to apply the penalty interests”.

The charge initially gained an angry reaction from Mr Cameron who said that the figure and deadline were ‘unacceptable’.

Following the meeting, Jonathan Arnott MEP said “There is a clear consensus among the euro elite that the UK taxpayer will be paying the £1.7bn surcharge, if not, we should expect a hefty fine. Cameron’s pledge not to pay a single penny has been left as pie in the sky, and he’s has been left battered and bruised by the Brussels based bureaucrats once again”.

The EU chief’s comments come just over a week after Angela Merkel dismissed Cameron’s hopes of an EU renegotiation over the free movement of workers, with the German Chancellor stating that Germany “would not tamper with the fundamental principles of free movement in the EU”.

Arnott added “Cameron promised to fight for the UK’s interests within the EU since he became Prime Minister in 2010. Since then, he hasn’t managed to get rid of a single stroke of a pen, of a single EU law”.

You can watch the full exchange here:

Parlimentary Activity – Bullfighting subsidy votes

I have had very many letters from Constituents urging me to vote to end the payment of CAP subsidies to landowners whose farms are used to rear bulls for bullfighting.

There were two separate votes on this subject today. In each case a “yes” vote was required to stop the subsidies.

The first vote was an amendment to the budget (from which the subsidies are paid) and although more MEPs voted “yes” than voted “no” (321-309) a two thirds majority is required on budget related votes and this hurdle had not been achieved.

The second vote was an amendment to the “Gardiazabal Rubial / Hohlmeier Report. This vote passed with similar numbers because only a straight majority was required.

However, this second vote was not a legislative vote. It was in effect an opinion on the EU budget. The applause that followed the vote would lead many to believe that subsidies would be stopped.

So we end up in the position of Parliament condemning the payment of subsidies for bull fighting, yet continuing to authorise their payment.

UKIP MEPs voted “yes” in each case.

British tax payers are only paying this subsidy because we are in the EU. As an independent country we would never waste our resources on this so-called entertainment.

Parliamentary Activity – UKIP North East MEP’s cost cutting amendment rejected without a vote

The UK Independence Party today slammed other political parties for voting in favour of yet more EU funding, as they approved the EU’s budget for 2015.

 

UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott, together with UKIP’s colleagues in the Italian Five-Star Movement, tabled a string of amendments to the EU budget to cut the cost to taxpayers.   Every single one of the 46 amendments were rejected: some were voted down, and some didn’t even make it to a vote because the Parliament had already voted to increase the budget items UKIP wanted to cut.

Cuts to MEPs’ salaries, offices and allowances, pensions and European Political Parties were all rejected – as were cuts to the EU’s public opinion analysis, European schools, Special Representatives and payments for co-operation with Greenland.

UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott, who sits on the Budget Committee, said “The Labour Party in particular have shown their true colours by voting down every attempt to save money from the European Union’s budget.  They have shown they just don’t care how much taxpayers’ cash is wasted by the failed European Union project.  In total almost a billion pounds would have been saved by the UKIP proposals.  In total almost a billion pounds would have been saved by the UKIP proposals.

It wasn’t just our amendments that were voted down either.  Other parties’ bids to scrap the House of History (a museum to the European Union) and the EU’s own television service went the same way.  I can’t say that I’m surprised – this is just how things are done out here.  If Cameron thinks he can renegotiate anything meaningful on the EU with these people, he is naive and out of his depth in European politics.”

The voting then descended into farce, as MEPs voted for an end to EU subsidies on bullfighting, but the vote won’t actually stop the subsidies.  On a tight vote, UKIP MEPs swung the vote as the Parliament voted by 323 – 309 to end the subsidies – only to be told that the motion was rejected for lack of a qualified majority.  Another vote criticising bullfighting was carried, but also didn’t affect the payments.

Jonathan Arnott also slammed the EU for voting for a 4 billion euro ‘top-up’ to EU funds for 2015, saying “When you run out of money, the answer is to stop spending not to fleece taxpayers for more cash.”