British claim to have cut EU charge false

Britain's Chancellor George Osborne during a press conference at The Treasury in London on February 24, 2015A British government claim to have negotiated the halving of a £1.7 billion ($2.6 billion, 2.3 billion euros) payment demanded by the European Union is “not supported by the facts”, lawmakers said in a Friday report. The government of Prime Minister David Cameron claimed last year to have bartered down the sum, which had provoked angry responses from politicians after it was requested by Brussels because Britain’s economy had performed better than expected. The report is another blow to Cameron after revelations his government failed to cut immigration, giving fodder to eurosceptic challengers the UK Independence Party on the eve of their final party conference before the May general election. In November last year Chancellor George Osborne declared victory after talks with fellow EU finance ministers, announcing “we’ve halved the bill” and calling it a “result for Britain”.

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