Monday, 24 May 2010

EU and the UK Budget

The Chancellor, in a private meeting with EU President Herman Van Rompuy last week, said that Britain wanted to help co-operation. But he made it clear that no financial sovereignty would be handed over to Brussels.

Mr Osborne told a gathering of his fellow finance ministers: "The first port of call is not the European Commission but national parliament."

A Brussels official said that only a flavour of the Budget details would be expected in advance.

"We would not be privy to the full national budget, but we would be given an explanation of what the Chancellor intends to do," the official added.

Isn't this behaviour from the EU an intrusion too far into UK affairs? This shows the dictatorial culture of the EU in simple terms. Is it any wonder some of us feel that the relationship with this mini-empire has to be renegotiated.


Witterings From Witney said...

Renegotiated? No - we just get the hell out. Anyway they need us more than we need them which means we should set the terms of leaving!

subrosa said...

You're contradicting yourself there WFE. :)

But of course you're spot on. We should set the terms of leaving and renegotiate any further contact with them.

ukipwebmaster said...

Cheese Eton Surrender Monkey:

subrosa said...

Thanks for the link ukip.

Daniel1979 said...

I think we should get the hell out of the EU as quick as possible. Time to take control back of our own destiny.

Apogee said...

This " flavour of the Budget details"
is just salami slicing, next time they will demand a lot more.

Billy said...

Glad to see so many people commenting for independence!

It is better to run your own country for the benefit of yur own people and that includes Scotland.

Dean MacKinnon-Thomson said...

The problems facing the eurozone, and Britain is a problem called nation-states. The solution is to reinforce our neo-liberal institutions, giving them ore powers to better generate more cooperation, and 'community' between states.

I think that it makes perfect sense for EU member-states to have their budgets approved by the commission in Brussels before nationa parliament ratification. This supranational element may be just what is needed to end the dangerous 'give-a-way' budgets.

We reall are all in this togehter, this is a globalised, transnational society- and we can better defend and stabilise our export markets [i.e. EU- to the tune of 54% of our exports!] through agreeing to this cooperation.

Lets all have less nationalistic and patriotic sentiment, and more scientific reason, central planning and cooperation supranationally. Its the way to a brave new world ;)

Tcheuchter said...

Not renegotiated but rescinded, and the very paper or parchment upon which the treaty was signed should be ground to powder, the powder burnt and the ashes cast to the winds along with the remains of Heath.

subrosa said...

Yes we should Dan. No political is for that though.

subrosa said...

Exactly Apogee. I was horrified that they intrude in this way.

subrosa said...

It is indeed Billy. There are a lot of us around. :)

subrosa said...

Ah Dean, you're saying the likes of the Scandanavian countries and Switzerland are nationalistic and too patriotic?

I strongly disagree. These are easy words to misuse and you have in this context.

subrosa said...

Oh Tcheuchter tut tut, we don't condone arson you know. :)

Billy said...

Dean MacKinnon Thomson

We all depend on each other within a country but it does not mean you let someone else run your family.

It is better to run your country for the benefit of your own people, create jobs for your own people.

Scotland is not doing too brilliant on the jobs front with being part of the UK so why should we be third rate being part of the EU as well. We are losing our population who are leaving to find decent work elsewhere - other countries manage to be successful running themselves and trading with the EU without being part of it.

The state the EU is in at the moment proves that point as well.

Allan said...


And there was me thiking the problem was with unregulated bankers who keep triple A rating countries until they are disapearing around the tubes, up to their ears in debt. Of course the idea that Portugal, Greece and Spain might be missing out of their regular tourisim income definately has something to do with it as well.

It's Neo-liberal institutions that got us in this mess, they're hardly qualified to get us out of this mess are they?

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