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British taxpayers to fund EU PRIVATE ARMY to protect Brussels chiefs in £1.7bn splurge

BRITISH taxpayers will be forced to pay towards a “private army” to protect MEPs in Brussels as the European Union (EU) plans a record £1.7billion spending spree.

Despite voting to leave the Brussels bloc last June, the UK is still expected to contribute £230million to the bill – more than twice the annual running costs of the House of Lords.

And the money includes more than £3.87m (€4.5m) towards a pro-EU publicity campaign ahead of the 2019 European elections, which Britain will not be part of.

The figures come as the EU’s budget rises to £1,696,877,517 (€1,971,883,373) – a rise of 3.3 per cent, well above inflation.

Jonathan Arnott, MEP for North East England and a member of the parliament’s budget committee, has attacked the EU for its “default position” of spending more money to fix a problem.


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