Arab Today, arab today angry cameron vows not to pay new british eu bill
Last Updated : GMT 18:19:24
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Angry Cameron vows not to pay new British EU bill

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Angry Cameron vows not to pay new British EU bill

Prime Minister David Cameron
Brussels - AFP

David Cameron furiously rejected a demand from Brussels for more than two billion euros in backdated charges at a summit Friday, setting up a new showdown over Britain's place in the EU.
The prime minister hijacked a meeting that was meant to be focused on Europe's stalling economy, saying the "unacceptable" bill was a surprise and that Britain was being punished for running a successful economy.
But his stance triggered a major clash, with other leaders telling him to pay up and the head of the powerful European Commission insisting Cameron knew about the 2.1 billion euro ($2.6 billion) demand in advance.
"I am not paying that bill on the first of December. If people think that is going to happen they've got another thing coming," Cameron told a news conference, thumping the lectern and going red in the face.
"We are not suddenly going to take out our chequebook and write a cheque for two billion euros, it is not happening."The clash, which sources said held up the summit for around an hour, stole the limelight from a landmark European Union deal on climate change targets and a pledge to give one billion euros to fight Ebola.
It renews questions over Britain's vexed membership of the 28-member EU, which Cameron has vowed to put to a referendum in 2017 if he wins a general election next May.
Britain's bill is the biggest of those imposed on several EU nations as a result of a revision in the way in which the economic output of member states is measured. It now includes previously hidden elements such as drugs and prostitution, and the overall performance of the economy.
Adding insult to injury for Britain, France will be owed 1.0 billion euros by the EU while Germany -- the bloc's biggest economy -- gets a rebate of 779 million euros.
Cameron insisted Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Dutch premier Mark Rutte and the leaders of Greece, Malta and other countries hit by the bills had supported him. 'No surprise'
Jose Manuel Barroso, the head of the powerful European Commission which made the demands, confirmed that EU finance ministers would meet to discuss the issue, as Cameron had demanded.
But he dismissed the British leader's insistence that he only found out about the bill when he got to the summit on Thursday, saying London was fully aware of the rule change.
"This should not have come as a surprise for member states," Barroso told reporters.French President Francois Hollande led a chorus of EU leaders who urged Britain to play by the rules.
"Respect for the treaties is not for others, it is for everyone," Hollande said.
Cameron even appeared to alienate his ally Renzi, after the Italian premier denied ever saying that the EU's demand was a "lethal weapon", which Cameron had quoted him as saying.
The British leader however insisted repeatedly that his country, one of the largest contributors to the EU budget, had been treated unacceptably.He said the EU "should not be surprised when some of its members say it cannot continue like that and that it has got to change".
The comment appeared to allude to the referendum that Cameron has offered Britons in a bid to stave off a growing threat to his Conservative party from the British eurosceptic leader Nigel Farage of the UK Independence Party (UKIP).
Farage said the demand showed the EU was a "thirsty vampire".
A European source suggested Cameron's public display of anger was motivated by domestic politics.
There was "complete disproportion between what he said in the (summit) room and during the press conference. Huge difference of tone," the source said on condition of anonymity.
"But in the EUCO (European Council summit) there is no UKIP," the source added.
The battle overshadowed discussions on boosting Europe's stalling economy with a promise by incoming European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker to unveil a 300 billion euro ($380 billion) investment plan by Christmas.
On Friday, the EU also agreed to boost its aid for Ebola-hit west Africa to one billion euros and name an Ebola "czar".
The EU leaders on Thursday overcame deep divisions to agree on cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent compared to 1990 levels, paving the way for a UN-backed global treaty in Paris in 2015.

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today angry cameron vows not to pay new british eu bill Arab Today, arab today angry cameron vows not to pay new british eu bill

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today angry cameron vows not to pay new british eu bill Arab Today, arab today angry cameron vows not to pay new british eu bill

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Youssra depended on colored foam

GMT 16:53 2017 Tuesday ,05 September

Youssra depended on colored foam
Arab Today, arab today A no-frills business success

GMT 07:00 2017 Wednesday ,20 September

A no-frills business success
Arab Today, arab today Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts

GMT 17:52 2017 Sunday ,03 September

Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts
Arab Today, arab today Israel sees benefits in independent Kurdistan

GMT 07:58 2017 Wednesday ,20 September

Israel sees benefits in independent Kurdistan
Arab Today, arab today Saudi Arabia to unblock internet calling apps

GMT 11:31 2017 Wednesday ,20 September

Saudi Arabia to unblock internet calling apps
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Ministry seeks to improve education

GMT 14:49 2017 Sunday ,17 September

Ministry seeks to improve education
Arab Today, arab today New Zealand opposition looks

GMT 10:35 2017 Thursday ,14 September

New Zealand opposition looks
Arab Today, arab today Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands brace

GMT 12:01 2017 Wednesday ,20 September

Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands brace
Arab Today, arab today The history of solar eclipses

GMT 05:16 2017 Sunday ,20 August

The history of solar eclipses
Arab Today, arab today Intel chips loaded in Waymo

GMT 14:43 2017 Wednesday ,20 September

Intel chips loaded in Waymo
Arab Today, arab today Five trends at the Frankfurt auto show

GMT 12:04 2017 Monday ,18 September

Five trends at the Frankfurt auto show
Arab Today, arab today Horia Farghaly happy for success of “Case G”

GMT 12:14 2017 Monday ,18 September

Horia Farghaly happy for success of “Case G”
Arab Today, arab today France hopeful of persuading Trump

GMT 06:21 2017 Wednesday ,20 September

France hopeful of persuading Trump

GMT 06:31 2017 Saturday ,16 September

Eman Al Assy receives three offers

GMT 05:05 2017 Tuesday ,12 September

Pregnant woman's suicide roils China

GMT 16:53 2017 Saturday ,02 September

Mai importance of gifts during Eid Al-Adha

GMT 19:18 2017 Monday ,18 September

5,000 'Dieselgate' deaths in Europe per year

GMT 10:46 2017 Saturday ,05 August

Nanis reveals simple ideas for home renovation

GMT 04:26 2017 Wednesday ,20 September

Opioid overdose deaths take 2.5 months

GMT 11:40 2017 Monday ,18 September

Russia and Iraq restore air travel

GMT 17:12 2017 Monday ,07 August

Al-Shawaifi reveals secrets of total solar eclipse

GMT 12:56 2017 Friday ,15 September

Apple's grand plan in Ireland held up by a forest

GMT 11:37 2017 Saturday ,12 August

Fashion designer reveals her new collection
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday