Can We Leave Yet?
European Commission plans to end Britain’s £3 billion rebate
Janusz Lewandowski, the Polish EU budget commissioner, who will present the proposals today, has said that the rebate is “no longer justified”. His paper is understood to play down the threat to the rebate so as not to enrage anti-European sentiment in the UK, where support for the EU has reached new lows, and 47 per cent told a YouGov poll in the summer that they would vote to leave.
Baroness Ashton of Upholland, Britain’s EU Commissioner, has pledged to attend meeting, which will agree wording of the budget proposals, after missing two preparatory meetings because she was travelling.
Mr Lewandowski is expected to suggest new taxes to fund the EU, including on carbon emissions, air transport, financial transactions or banks. His report will include ideas, already discussed without success, including directly transferring national taxes to the EU, such as VAT or oil taxes.
Only a minor story in an inaccessible paper, but it reminds me to check that the Manilla Hemp, which has been steamed and pre-stretched, is well oiled and safely stored in the back of the barn.