Place in EU 'to cost UK 60% more'

  peter99co 21:39 24 Aug 09

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The Treasury said it was right for the UK "to share the burden of membership with new accession countries.

Really! What do you think?

  AL47 22:46 24 Aug 09

time for a rethink imo

  Forum Editor 23:24 24 Aug 09


"At a time when our economy is in recession and public service budgets are under pressure, Labour's incompetence is allowing billions of pounds to be siphoned off to Brussels."

Which is about the most childish statement I've heard in a long time, and I'm very definitely not a supporter of the Labour party. The Shadow Chief Secretary knows full well that precisely the same amount of money will be "siphoned off to Brussels" if his party comes to power.

It's the job of the opposition front bench to harry the government of the day, but for goodness sake, let's not have our intelligence insulted in this way.

  laurie53 08:19 25 Aug 09

Don't see how it's a surprise.

The EU is basically (very basically) in principle socialist.

Take from the rich to give to the poor.

The Eastern European states are much poorer than we are and qualify for a larger slice of the cake.

Somebody has to pay for the cake, and that's us, and the richer Western European nations.

  g0slp 08:46 25 Aug 09

Actually, the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury does have a point. The incompetence (or was it something more sinister?) of Messrs Blair & Brown in giving up our hard-fought for Rebate in exchange for effectively nothing has got to be pretty high on the list of most stupid political decisions ever made, no?

  oresome 08:50 25 Aug 09

'The cost of membership will be £6.4bn - the equivalent of about £260 for every household in the UK. In 2004, the total bill was £4.1bn - £53 per household.'

The total cost seems to have gone up around 50% according to the above statement, but the cost per household has gone up over fourfold.

Have the number of households declined?

  JanetO 09:17 25 Aug 09

I can't see what the problem is. All the treasury has to do is get the bank of england to print out a lot more money like they did recently.

  sunnystaines 09:28 25 Aug 09

Why are the euro mp's not cracking down on the wastage and fraud?

  oresome 10:04 25 Aug 09

"I can't see what the problem is."

You will do at retirement when the value of your savings is ravaged by inflation!

  Snec 10:33 25 Aug 09

"The irony is that most of the people who are ranting about this are the same ones who rant about immigration."

Absolutely..... count me in.

  Cymro. 10:53 25 Aug 09

The EU has been something of an easy target for the British media and this forum for a long time. Granted it brings on a lot of justified criticism on itself. But one day there will be an United States Of Europe and we will hopefully be a part of it.

The sooner this comes about the better as far as I am concerned. But there are and probably always will be the "Little Englanders" who long for the olden days when Britain ruled the waves and half the world map was color red, or was that pink, whatever.

Westminster government has been with us for hundreds of years and still can`t get it right. The EU is the new boy on the block so how long are we going to give it to get everything right? EU or an independent UK we will never live long enough to see a state of affairs where it all works out alright.

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