The UK Independence Party has reacted to news of a deal being reached on the European Union's budget for 2015, with spokesman Jonathan Arnott MEP describing the agreement as a 'classic EU fudge'. The deal will allow the European Union to enter into commitments to pay 145.3 billion euros, with actual payments coming in at 141.2. The figures are a compromise between the European Council (which wanted little if any increase to the budget) and the European Parliament, which wanted to spend even more taxpayers' money on the European Union. Neither side has got what they wanted, but it seems that the taxpayer will be the big loser in this deal.
UKIP's EU Budget spokesman Jonathan Arnott MEP said "This is another classic EU fudge, and was entirely predictable. The full detail has yet to emerge, but it seems that some monies from fines normally returned to member states will now be going to the EU budget - so yet again we will effectively be paying more by the back door.
"And even then, whilst the Parliament makes much of the claim that the budget has only increased by 1%, that's since the 2014 budget was amended to increase taxpayers' contributions. This is now 4.2% higher than the original 2014 budget. The European Union also has a mountain of unpaid bills thanks to spending more money than it earns. This deal will make sure that the problem gets no worse, but it will get no better either: the amount of unpaid bills will still be over four times greater than in 2010. Long waits for payments are likely to cause further harm to business.
"Nothing at all is being done to slim down the bloated EU bureaucracy, or to cut down on the money that is wasted year in, year out. At a time when drastic action is needed, this is a 'business as usual' budget. Both sides will claim success, but in reality all that will happen is that the British taxpayer will be fleeced for even more money and bills will continue to go unpaid."