Fraser Nelson

Tories defying the profligate European Union

Tories defying the profligate European Union
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Anyone who thought the new intake of Tory MPs were a bunch of automatons should take a look at the House of Commons order paper today. MPs have been asked to sign away 60 percent more of British taxpayers’ money to Brussels, in defiance of British public opinion. For years, they have done so without qualms. But the Conservatives, who were so rightly outraged at the way Labour whipped through the Lisbon Treaty, are challenging this. In an age of austerity, when we’re cutting child benefit and asking if Britain can afford to be a world-class military power, why should MPs sign off a 60 percent increase in the amount of money transferred from British taxpayers to the EU authorities? This is bad enough – but MPs are being asked to vote through even more money for three reasons- as Daniel Hannan points out on his blog, none of these reasons are acceptable. Instead, the Tory names – Zac Goldsmith, Kwasi Kwarteng, David Davis – have signed an amendment saying that the House:

“ concerned at the above-inflation increase being made to Britain’s EU budget contribution; believes that, at a time when the Government is poised to make reductions in public spending elsewhere, it is wrong to increase that contribution; and calls on the Government to reduce Britain’s EU budget contribution.”