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UK continues defence of EU rebate

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posted on May, 23 2005 @ 04:35 AM
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The UK's controversial £3bn EU rebate is set to overshadow budget discussions in Brussels for a second day.
UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw appeared isolated but defiant after several hours of talks among EU ministers on Sunday.

The issue is not officially on Monday's agenda, but looks likely to dominate informal discussions in the corridors.

The UK won the rebate 21 years ago as it gets paid fewer subsidies than other European Union members.


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posted on May, 23 2005 @ 07:58 AM
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The British budget rebate is subject to a British veto. End of.

The various Europeans can play to their own public galleries all they like but they know this too.

Unless the UK says 'yes' it isn't going to happen because it is not possible for it to happen with expessed British approval.



posted on Jul, 29 2005 @ 04:48 AM
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The French complain that the poorer members have to pay for our rebate. But, hypocritically, they want to keep thei CAP subsidies because their farming is so inefficient, and the poorer member also contribute to the CAP subsidies.

The EU treats Britain unfairly. Even with the rebate, we pay 6 times more, per capita, into the EU than the French, even though France has an almost identical population and economy than Britain. But without the rebate, we would pay almost FOURTEEN times as much, per capita, into the EU than France.



posted on Jul, 29 2005 @ 04:51 AM
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I think if France wants more money to go into the Eu budget, it should contribute more, rather than getting Britain, which is already the 2nd biggest contributor after Germany, to contribute even more.

I know their economy is cash-strapped, but they must think the British are made of money.




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