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No EU budget increases, No EU tax and veto that European treaty

Bill Cash, 26th October 2010
 
Following an important debate on Wednesday 13th October on the EU budget, I must make clear how encouraging it is to know that there are so many sound Eurorealist MPs on Conservative benches. All of them who spoke, including myself argued that they wanted a reduction in the budget – and of course a cut in the EU functions i.e. repatriation. This is about parliamentary sovereignty. 
 
On that evening of 13th October, the House of Commons voted through my own effective amendment against the EU budget increase which says, “That this House takes note of European Union Document No. SEC(2010) 473, Statement of Estimates of the European Commission for the financial year 2011; and supports the Government's efforts to maintain the 2011 EU budget at the cash levels equivalent to the 2010 budget, while ensuring better value for money in EU expenditure; and calls on the Government to reject European Parliament proposals to increase the budget.”
 
In response to the assertions of the irresponsible European Parliament over the 2011 Budget, my amendment was unanimously accepted by the UK Parliament (not just the Government). As Chairman of the European Scrutiny Committee, I also announced an inquiry of the Committee into the whole issue of the compatibility of the European Union’s assertions of their alleged superior jurisdiction over the Constitution of the United Kingdom and other Member States. It is vitally important because this is a new era – the Labour Party having held the Chairmanship of the European Scrutiny Committee since 1979. This is the first time the tide has turned against the integrationist assumptions, on which the Committee has been appointed consistently by Governments of all descriptions since 1972. 
 
As I have consistently argued, we must deal with the functions of the EU and the Budget with it – but in order to achieve this, the first step is to confirm and reassert parliamentary sovereignty in line with a Sovereignty Bill. The Government has now conceded the principle of asserting sovereignty and I insisted on this vital issue in the debate – so that the British judiciary must be obliged to override European legislation where the Westminster Parliament insists in statute.
 
Given the serious events that are taking place, I have now put down an Early Day Motion in Parliament which states: “That this House notes that there are increasing demands from France and Germany for a new European Union Treaty; further notes that the European Parliament itself has now proposed a 5.9 per cent. increase in the European budget; further notes that the United Kingdom Parliament on Wednesday 13 October 2010 rejected the increase; further notes that the EU Budget Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski is proposing a European tax; recalls that the Coalition Agreement is committed to a referendum on `any proposed future treaty that transferred areas of power, or competences'; calls on the Government to make it immediately clear to France and Germany, to the European Commission and to the European Parliament that the United Kingdom will reject a European tax and an increase in the EU budget and EU economic governance over the UK and will veto any such treaty; and reasserts and reaffirms the United Kingdom rebate and the sovereignty, in practice, of the United Kingdom Parliament, about which the European Scrutiny Committee is holding an inquiry.”
 

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