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Bernard Jenkin: EU budget is 'scandal in public life'


The EU budget discussions for 2014-2020 begin today and the question remains on whether David Cameron will get the freeze that he wants to please the will of the UK Parliament.

Stephanie Flanders, the BBC's economics editor, explained to today presenter sarah Montague that even if David Cameron "lost" on getting the freeze that he will be looking for, the increase that would come into place over the next few years "is actually very small" in comparison to the increase that the UK has had to pay in recent years.

Sidonia Jedrzejewska, a Polish MEP and a member of the parliament's committee on budgets, said that money from EU budget "never goes back to national treasuries" but to universities, SMEs, and local communities

The Advantages of EU integration are a common market, free flow of goods and people and these are "not visible in the EU budget", she added

Bernard Jenkin MP, a Conservative rebel on the recent EU budget vote, gave his view that the EU budget is "one of the biggest scandals in public life... the accounts haven't been signed off for 17 years on the trot".

The UK is "by no means the only country threatening a veto" on EU budget, he said.

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