Now the EU chief blames UK for the deadlock

#1
So now it's all our fault? Nothing to do with the cheese eating surrender monkeys not willing to let go of their unfair subsidies?

Just another excuse for us to completely withdraw and leave them to see how long it lasts before the house of cards collapses around them.

The European Union is set for financial deadlock - with Britain being blamed.

Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg prime minister and current EU president, said he was fairly certain a deal will not be agreed at an EU summit this week.

And Britain's £3 billion annual rebate will be the main sticking point, he added.

Mr Juncker said that although farm payments will be discussed "a number of states ferociously stick to agreements we made in 2002".

"We have to take a detailed look at what to do with the British rebate; 24 member states believe the rebate can't go on like this," said Mr Juncker.

"Britain is not the only net payer, the other countries would also like their contributions reduced."


juncker and blair
Juncker and Blair struggling to come to agreement

He said the 25 member states were close to agreement on the spending side of the budget but wide differences over Britain's annual budget rebate and how much other major net contributors should pay into EU coffers made an agreement improbable.

"I am pretty sure we won't get the financial perspectives through at this summit," Mr Juncker told a European Parliament committee, hours before he was due to circulate a compromise proposal on the 2007-2013 budget to EU leaders.

Britain has said it will only accept a review of its widely disputed refund from Brussels, if EU farm subsidies that mainly benefit France are also reduced.

Mr Blair stuck to his guns yesterday during a meeting in Paris with Jacques Chirac, the French president, rejecting a formal proposal by Mr Juncker.

But the Luxembourg prime minister backed Mr Chirac in saying that agricultural spending, pegged at its current level until 2013 in a 2002 deal, could not be called into question.

Failure to reach agreement this week would add a financial crisis to political uncertainty after French and Dutch voters rejected the EU constitution.

It will jeopardise billions of euros in public investment in 2007 in the new east European member sates.

The Netherlands is also expected to be disappointed this week, with its call that it is no longer the biggest net per capita contributor being met.

"There is agreement, more or less, on the total amount of funding. We differ as to payments to the budget, the structure of expenditure and who is a net contributor," Mr Juncker added.
Torygraph
 
#2
Well, he can feckin poke it up his feckin poop shoot!!!

It will be interesting to see how long "el presidente" Tony :wink: will hold out.

perhaps he wasn't in hospital having his "slipped disc" sorted; maybe he had a spine transplant :)
 

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