Damning cross-party report exposes Osborne's EU surcharge ruse.
Clare Moody MEP, Labour’s European Spokesperson on the EU Budget, responding to the Treasury select committee’s report on the EU Budget contribution, said:
"This report is hugely embarrassing for George Osborne. It clearly shows that the Chancellor’s much-trumpeted victory over the European Commission was in fact a ruse, intended to inflate both his ability and influence.
"Osborne’s claim to have “halved the bill” is a complete fabrication. Britain’s commitments in respect of EU budget payments, and the circumstances surrounding the entitlement to a rebate, are enshrined in law. That the Chancellor would appear not to know this is, as the report states, surprising.
"Yet again, this Government has deceived the British people about our relationship with the EU. In so doing, they have only served to further alienate our European allies, who increasingly view Cameron's Government as both incompetent and irrelevant.
"Britain’s role in the EU and the wider world has been greatly diminished because Cameron, Osborne and other Tory ministers have put fighting a civil war within their own party ahead of promoting and defending the UK’s interests."