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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Interim report on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 – Parliament's position with a view to an agreement (debate)

  Raymond Finch, on behalf of the EFDD Group. – Madam President, you discuss in your long—term budget your current proposals to spend over EUR 1.2 trillion of taxpayers’ money across this period. That figure is almost impossible to comprehend and virtually every speaker I have heard this morning wants more.

Britain, one of your largest contributors, is leaving the EU, and yet you decide to increase the amount of money you want to spend. It really makes no sense at all. You want to spend EUR 75 billion on EU administration, an increase of EUR 6 billion. You want to spend EUR 12 billion – a 22% increase – on the European Defence Fund that includes military mobility, collaborating in defence capabilities and further standardising defence industrial capacity. Where is this money coming from? You want to create an EU level common corporate tax base, an EU plastic tax and take revenues from the failed Emissions Trading scheme, amongst other sources.

The peoples of Europe do not want more powers handed to unaccountable EU institutions which will just fritter their money away. They do not want to create an armed and aggressive EU superstate and they do not want to give tax—raising powers to the EU. This is everything the Remain campaign in the British referendum told us that the EU was not. Your elections next year, in spite of all your moral propaganda that you’ll spend on it, will bring in hundreds of Eurosceptic MEPs precisely because of your hubris.

Despite Brexit, unfortunately, Britain will still be contributing billions to you for possibly decades to come because our government has sold us out. We will make more concessions and I think this is what you’re banking on: getting more and more money from the poor benighted British taxpayers. You need to understand this must stop.

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