David Cameron will have no alternative but to hand over an extra £1.7bn to the European Union, Nigel Farage claimed today.
The Ukip leader condemned the “outrageous” demand for more money and said it had created “real political trouble” for the Prime Minister.
The €2.1bn surcharge - which is due on December 1 - is being levied because the UK economy has fared more strongly than other member states since 1995.
The Prime Minister has signalled his determination to challenge the extra fee and an emergency meeting of EU finance ministers is to be held next week. He is seeking allies among the other nine nations, including the Netherlands, which are facing extra payments.
The surprise demand for extra cash will fuel anger on the Conservative backbenches and will be used by Ukip as ammunition in next month's Rochester and Strood by-election.
Mr Farage said today: “The EU is like a thirsty vampire feasting on UK taxpayers’ blood. We need to protect the innocent victims, who are us. He’s in a very weak position. He can do nothing about this.
"And I think, really, he's now being pushed into a position where, unless he brings forward his referendum promise, I think he's in real political trouble."
Conservative MP Mark Pritchard said: "The timing and content of the EU budget demand shows how inept Brussels is. Brussels needs to work with the UK Government, not work against it.
"Unless this behaviour changes, the EU referendum could be brought forward. Europe should not penalise the UK's economic success whilst rewarding France's economic failure."
In pictures: The rise of Ukip
In pictures: The rise of Ukip
1/8 1993: Alan Sked forms Ukip
History professor Alan Sked had been active in anti-EU politics for a while beore he founded Ukip in 1993. He resigned from the party after the 1997 election, concerned that it was attracting far-right members, and has been critical of Ukip since. Picture: Reuters
2/8 2005: Kilroy defects
Former TV presenter Robert Kilroy-Silk founded Veritas in 2005, after a failed bid to become leader, and took many of Ukip's elected members with him. But the party slowly lost its popularity and didn't put forward any candidates in the last election. Picture: REUTERS/Kieran Doherty REUTERS KD/RUS
3/8 2010: Farage becomes leader, again
Farage had led Ukip from 2006 until 2009, when he stood down to fight against the Speaker, John Bercow, for his Buckingham seat. He failed to win the election and returned to lead the party in November 2010. Picture: REUTERS/Kieran Doherty
4/8 2010: Ukip fights for election
Nigel Farage was injured in a plane crash on polling day in the 2010 general election, but his party increased its success in the votes. It fielded 572 candidates and took 3.1% of the vote, though failed to win any seats. REUTERS/Darren Staples
5/8 2013: Eastleigh gains
Ukip's candidate Diane James got the highest ever number of votes for any candidate from the party, but was beaten by the Liberal Democrats. The surge in support gave Ukip confidence ahead of local and European elections later in the year. Picture: Reuters
6/8 2013: Bloom kicked out
Godfrey Bloom, who served as an Ukip MEP from 2004 to 2014, had the whip withdrawn in 2013 after sexist comments and an attack on a journalist. He sat as an independent MEP until 2014, when he ended his term in office. Picture: REUTERS/Luke MacGregor
7/8 2014: European election success
Ukip got a higher proportion of the vote than any other party in 2014's European elections, adding 11 new MEPs and taking its total to 24. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor
8/8 2014: Carswell defects
Douglas Carswell defected from Ukip at the end of August, and was followed by Mark Reckless at the end of September, who resigned from the Tories amid rumours of many more defections to come. Picture: REUTERS/Toby Melville
A Downing Street source said: “It's not acceptable to just change the fees for previous years and demand them back at a moment's notice.”
The source added: “The European Commission was not expecting this money and does not need this money and we will work with other countries similarly affected to do all we can to challenge this.”
The surcharge has arisen from changes in the way the EU calculates member states' gross national income. According to preliminary calculations, Germany, France and Poland will all receive rebates.
Patrizio Fiorilli, a Commission spokesman, said: “Britain's contribution reflects an increase in wealth, just as in Britain you pay more to the Inland Revenue if your earnings go up.”
Mr Cameron yesterday urged his fellow leaders to resist a new request from the European Parliament's demands to increase spending across the Union.Reuse content