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REVEALED: The EU’s £1TRILLION plans kept secret until AFTER the referendum

EUROPEAN Union leaders are preparing to unveil a raft of unpopular changes and power grabs in announcements delayed until straight after Britain’s EU referendum.

Britain will only just be discovering its future in the European Union tomorrow when Brussels leaders set out their new military strategy, believed to include plans for a controversial EU army.And they will announce how they intend to spend their £1trillion budget for the next seven years next week after ‘delaying’ their proposals until after the referendum.

They will also present a raft of measures that cover everything from their plans to introduce EU border checks and the accession to the European Convention of Human Rights as soon as the UK has gone to the polls.

According to insiders, politicians from the 28 member states have been waiting for months as bureaucrats dragged their heels on settling their draft budget and tabling a number of key proposals.

The budget proposals, known as the multi-annual financial framework, were shelved at the last minute last month.

The EU will be back to business as usual on Friday

GETTY     It’s back to business as usual for the EU as of Friday


A source said: “Commission officials said there was ‘no link’ between the delay and the British referendum but parliamentarians see it as an effort to avoid a discussion of EU spending before the crucial vote.”It had already delayed the presentation of its mid-stream review of the EU’s seven-year budget plan until the autumn so as not to fuel British Eurosceptic arguments before the referendum.

“The fact that it’s on the table just days after the vote says a lot.”

Bulgarian economist and administrator Kristalina Georgieva, currently serving as European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, notified members of the European Parliament’s budget committee that her team needed more time to complete their proposals blaming the issue on the migrant crisis.

EU will set out its spending plans next week

GETTY    The EU will set out its spending plans on Monday after delays


At the time they denied there was any link to the British referendum insisting they had to look at migration-related expenses, including financial assistance to Turkey and Africa before settling on their proposals.However the committee will now gather at 4.30pm on Monday June 27 for an extraordinary meeting in Brussels just two working days after the UK has cast its vote.

And part of that meeting will look at immigration proposals which will also go before the committee on Monday afternoon.

The EU is proposing to set up an “Entry/Exit System” to register entry and exit data and refusal of entry data of third country nationals crossing the external borders of the Member States to enable police checks.

But the whole delay sparked concerns amongst politicians from member states, including Italy.“There’s a kind of a deflection of attention to some issues,” said Mercedes Bresso, an Italian MEP from the Socialists and Democrats group.

He added the British vote had caused “delay in some debates and that now is not the moment to create more problems.”

Also on the agenda post the crucial EU vote is a proposal for new EU guidelines on labour rules across the Union.

These were supposed to have been introduced by Employment Commissioner Marianne Thyssen in December 2015 but were stalled due to the referendum.And Eurocrats have been also been stalling EU-Canada and EU-U.S. Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership trade agreements which could account for President Barack Obama’s intervention in the debate.

While another topic that’s set to come back on the agenda is the EU’s accession to the European Convention of Human Rights, an international treaty on human rights that includes several European countries but not the EU as a whole.

Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to make sure the UK is exempt from the court’s rulings and therefore the decision was knocked off the EU agenda.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini

GETTY     European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini will outlay plans for the Euro army


A Commission spokesperson said the EU was currently in a “period of reflection” over how to proceed with the accession.But some in the Parliament’s committee on human rights are eager to see the issue debated.

“The agreement has to be negotiated again,” said Cristian Preda, a Romanian MEP on the committee.

“The accession of the EU to the Convention was seen from the very beginning as a very long process.”

On Friday EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini will present top-secret plans which would see new European military and operational structures, including a headquarters.

Ms Mogherini’s proposals say “security and defence is where a step change is most urgent.

British Prime Minister David Cameron

GETTY    British Prime Minister David Cameron tried to negotiate a new deal for the UK


“The EU can step up its contribution to Europe’s security and defence.”Our external action must become more joined up across policy areas, institutions and member states. Greater unity of purpose is needed across the policy areas making up our external action.”

However three years ago David Cameron said he would resist such a plan.

He said: “It makes sense for nation states to co-operate over matters of defence to keep us safer.

“But it isn’t right for the European Union to have capabilities, armies, air forces and all the rest of it.

“We need to get that demarcation right.”

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