Brits to stump up for £16m revamp of EU Parliament — even though we’ve LEFT, leaked documents reveal
BRITS will have to stump up for a £16m revamp of the EU Parliament even though we’ve left, leaked documents seen by The Sun reveal.
Euro MPs want to splash the cash on massively upgrading security at their Strasbourg HQ, which is only used once a month and is just 20 years old.
Funding for the revamp is coming out of the EU’s current budget, meaning British taxpayers will be on the hook for around £2m[/caption]
There are plans to build a shiny new £10m reception, which will be bullet and bomb proof, and a £3.5m secure forecourt for limousines.
The lobby will be linked to the main building by a glass walkway to ensure “architectural integration” according to the plans.
EU Parliament chief David Sassoli said the work is needed to improve the site’s defences against terror threats.
Funding is coming out of the bloc’s current budget, meaning British taxpayers will be on the hook for around £2m.
The leaked documents reveal officials haven’t even carried out analysis to ensure the project is value for money. Building work starts in April.
Tory MP Mark Francois told The Sun: “The EU has more front than Brighton expecting British taxpayers to contribute to this when we left the EU six months ago and withdrew all of our MEPs as a result.”
An EU Parliament spokeswoman refused to comment on the “highly confidential” plans.
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Euro MPs have been campaigning for years to scrap the Strasbourg seat and move all meetings to Brussels.
The building has been empty since March due to coronavirus, but will come back into use in the autumn.
The travelling circus, which sees MEPs and staff travel to the French city once a month, costs £130m a year but Paris has blocked moves to end it.
Tory MP Mark Francois told The Sun: ‘The EU has more front than Brighton expecting British taxpayers to contribute to this when we left the EU six months ago’[/caption]
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