Letter to The Telegraph - EU cash demand is a double benefit for Brussels
As published 27 October 2014
Sir - Of course the European Comimssion wants to boost the propects of UKIP against the Conservatives (Daily Telegraph leader, October 23).
The best option for the Eurocrats is a Conservative electoral defeat next May and the return of a Labour government. To keep the European federal project on course it is vital to avoid popular referendums and they know that only a Conservative government will give the British people an in/out referendum on the EU. So the more that can be done to encourage UKIP to eat away at Conservative support the better.
That’s why we saw the new Commission President Juncker glad handing Mr Farage before the new Commission was confirmed in office by the European Parliament last Wednesday. Commission Presidents have form on this. In his last “State of the Union” speech, the previous Commission president, Barroso, couldn’t resist kicking the Tories and suggesting people might prefer to vote for UKIP.
Now, the presentation of an additional £1.7 EU bill to Britain just before the Rochester by-election has been a gift to UKIP. Potentially therefore, it is a double gift to the EU. I trust that voters can see through this.
Geoffrey Van Orden MBE MEP
Vice Chairman of the ECR Group
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Chelmsford CM1 1RF