Brussels warning over UK's EU rebate if David Cameron refuses to pay David Cameron's budget row with Europe deepened today when he was threatened with being stripped of the prized EU rebate won by Margaret Thatcher three decades ago.
The European Commission hit back hard at his refusal to pay in full a shock demand for 1.7billion in higher contributions by December 1. In a tough statement, budget commissioner Jacek Dominik said the rules were clear and that if Mr Cameron tried to rewrite them he would be opening "a Pandora's Box". Related storiesUkip enjoys major poll boost after EU's 1.7bn demandDavid Blunkett support for claim UK towns are being swamped by EU migrantsMichael Fallon: Tory cabinet minister admits claim UK towns are 'under siege' from EU migrants was 'careless'David Cameron refuses to pay 1.7bn demand from EU by deadlineBritish support for leaving the EU dwindles despite rise of UkipMike Read apologises for Ukip Calypso song after racism storm Mr Dominik said Britain was due to pandora sale beads get 500 million euros (390million) from Europe under the rebate and warned: "If you open this for future negotiations you open a Pandora's Box. You cannot question one day the system that imposes additional contributions [based on] your own data you presented, but the next day say you like the other element by which you get 500million back." He expressed bafflement at the PM's complaint that he was taken by surprise when the demand became public at a summit last week and revealed that the Government was formally told about the demand 10 days ago. "I was surprised by the reaction, because up to this moment there was no signal from the UK administration they had a problem with this figure," he said at a briefing in Brussels. Earlier today during a pandora bracelet special offer visit to Leeds for the launch of the HS2 report, Mr Cameron demanded a big cut in the bill, saying that he would not agree to "something on this scale". Mr pandora glass charms Cameron was expected to tell the Commons this afternoon that he would not pay the full sum, although he was not planning to rule out paying a proportion. He faced a grilling from MPs over how he was blindsided by the demand on Thursday night. Labour leader Ed Miliband was expected to demand answers to who in Government knew about the bill, after it emerged that George Osborne was told last Tuesday but did not inform Mr Cameron at the time. The row came as the looming Rochester and Strood by election against Ukip raised the temperature on EU issues. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon admitted he had been "a bit careless" to say some towns risked being "swamped" by EU migrant workers. The row continued as Mr Cameron said Britain will "never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice" as UK forces handed over Camp Bastion in Helmand province to Afghan officials after 13 years. The Prime Minister tweeted: "We will always remember the courage of those who served in Afghanistan." Click the Adblock/Adblock Plus icon, which is to the right of your address bar.
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