MPS GAGGED OVER BRUSSELS POWER GRAB
Thursday March 31,2011- By Macer Hall Political Editor
Ministers insist the move will have little effect on the UK -
ANGER erupted at Westminster last night after sweeping powers for Eurocrats to meddle in Britain’s economy were nodded through Parliament without a vote. Tory MPs were furious that plans for the EU annual “growth survey” were approved in the absence of a Commons debate. Proposed by unelected EU President Herman van Rompuy in a bid to halt another European economic crisis, the measure obliges the Treasury to give statistics to Brussels – including details of the Budget – while sticking to a rigorous economic “calendar.” Critics say the move paves the way for Eurocrats to impose crippling taxes on UK taxpayers. Tory MP Douglas Carswell said: “This is a significant step that has serious implications for the expenditure of millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money that has been taken without any debate. “The coalition is fast becoming the most European integrationist government this country has had since Ted Heath.” Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party said: “It is time that David Cameron stopped governing by deceit. “This shows us that he is secretly giving away more and more of our ability to govern ourselves.” Ministers insist the move will have little effect on the UK as most of its recommendations are already carried out by the Government. They insist the measures are aimed more at debt-laden countries such as Greece and Portugal.
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