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Cameron must take a stand over Brussels bully

The confident predictions from Brussels officials that David Cameron will sacrifice his supposed opposition to ceding more powers to the EU, this time over our national budget, should alarm all those concerned for our economic recovery.

Any suggestion that our own UK budget would have to be approved by the EU Commission before being presented to Parliament is totally unacceptable. These are decisions which should be taken by our national Parliament at Westminster, not in Brussels. We only need to look at the history of the Commission’s own accounts, and the shameful history there, for reason not to hand over this control. Last November, for the 15th year in a row, the European Council of Auditors refused to sign off on the EU’s budget. With that kind of track-record it is ludicrous to think that sovereign Governments would hand control of economic governance to the European Commission.

Only last month Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso, said that the Commission was the ‘economic government of Europe', a position enshrined by Treaty law, and that the economic crisis could in fact progress the ‘European project'.

It is incumbent on David Cameron to take a firm stand for British governance of economic matters, and to stop Barroso exploiting the current economic crisis to take more power away from national parliament towards the creation of an EU super-state.

diane dodds mep

Belfast Telegraph