Mark Reckless MP has called for a reduction in the UK’s contribution to the EU ahead of tomorrow’s Comprehensive Spending Review.
Speaking alongside Sir Menzies Campbell on the BBC’s Daily Politics show, Mark expressed his concern that the UK’s contribution to the EU is set to rise at a time when the coalition government is forced find savings and cut public services in order to address the economic mess left by the last Labour government.
On top of the £1.9 billion increase to the EU budget the UK will be paying in 2011, the European Union has asked for a further increase of £380million to cover the cost of ‘admin’. Mark recently joined 37 other Conservative MPs in supporting Douglas Carswell’s amendment calling on the government to cut the UK’s contribution to the EU.
Speaking on the Daily Politics, Mark said;
“In our country it is not the government that is sovereign, nor is it the EU. It is the Westminster Parliament, and if we say the EU budget is reduced, the government will reduce it.
Take child benefit for example. We’re finding a billion by not giving it to top rate taxpayers although the commitment was to do so previously. There are now suggestions it will be taken away for children over sixteen. But at the same time I find that we are paying £70million every year to children elsewhere in the EU in child benefit who aren’t even here. Now surely that is something we should consider. We can’t have the EU as the only area that is exempt – that is going up 60% – while finding these reductions elsewhere. We must make savings.”