yes, Britain isn’t too impressed either. Are they saying that Italy’s and Greece’s economic performance is better than expected too?
The “surcharge” — which would add almost a fifth to the UK’s annual contribution of £8.6 billion — is intended to reflect Britain’s better-than-expected economic performance relative to other EU states.
It comes from an EU recalculation of national incomes dating to 1995 and takes into account recent changes in the rules to include economic activities such as prostitution and illegal drugs.
Preliminary figures suggest Britain is facing by far the biggest top-up. Holland is being asked for an extra £506 million and Greece and Italy are also seeing their contributions go up.
But France would receive a rebate of £789 million, Germany £614 million and Poland £249 million.