British taxpayers have been handed another £1 billion bill to pay for the European Union swindle, it has emerged.
Ignoring calls for reason, Members of the European Parliament have voted to increase the already massive EU budget to a staggering £99 billion for next year, 2009.
The £876 million increase is on top of the £10.4 billion Britons already fork out to keep the Brussels gravy train rolling. The hike is £7.65 billion more than the bloc’s 27 governments had agreed to and £7 billion more than the ruling European Commission claims it needs.
MEPs claim they need the extra money for pet projects such as turning the EU into a world model on how to combat climate change. Under EU rules the budget cannot be passed without European Parliament approval.
Mark Wallace of the Taxpayers’ Alliance said: “The government must give a simple answer to this greedy request — no!
“British taxpayers are struggling to keep their heads above water in the financial crisis and we don’t have any more money to pay in tax. Brussels takes and wastes more than enough of our hard earned money as it is.”