Gosport MP says £1.7bn bill to EU for economic growth is ‘ludicrous’

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MP CAROLINE Dinenage has slammed news that the European Union is demanding extra cash from Britain following recent economic growth.

The Gosport MP has spoken out after Britain will be forced to pay a £1.7bn surcharge by December, because the economy is doing so well, while France and Germany are set to gain money back.

Ms Dinenage said: ‘It is absolutely staggering that the European Union thinks it can just change the fees for previous years and demand extra cash at no notice.

‘This country has taken tough decisions and we’ve got our economy back on track; now we’re being forced to fork out for the failures of the Eurozone.

‘I’m pleased the Prime Minister has said we will not be paying this ludicrous bill.’