"The British rebate has lost its original justification," Mr Lewandowski told the leading German daily Handelsblatt in an interview published on Monday (6 September). "The structure of the EU budget has changed substantially. Farm subsidies – the main reason for the rebate – have decreased, while the per-capita income of the UK has increased substantially since the 1980s."Lewandowski seems to have become the Commission's floater of choice what with this and the comment a couple of weeks ago that he was interested in setting up a pan European tax. Of the EU dislikes what remains of the post Blair rebate, and it is amusing that he suggests that they want to spend the money on their 'global ambitions', but, but.
What I can see is happening here is that he is setting up a straw man threat to the UK's budget. The boy Dave and his accolyte Mr Osborne can then say that they are going to the wall to protect the budget.
Then when the Commission backs down on the subject the Government can parade themselves around claiming 'Game set and Match to Britain'.
The headlines will state what a doughty defender of British interests the Coalition Government is, whilst not noticing the continued leaching of power elsewhere.