A new ruling by an EU court has left a nasty taste in the mouths of taxpayers forced to stump up millions of pounds, said UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP.
"This time we've had to hand over £15m to Brussels in a vampire tax to settle a long-running dispute over garlic shipped from China," he explained.
"But it doesn't seem to matter how much of a stink we kick up, we get treated like naughty schoolchildren and told to to get back in line by Eurocrats in one role or another.
"Having right on our side is never enough and time and time again we are ordered to hand over millions, and on other occasions billions of pounds. It is all ridiculous and the only positive I can see is that it neatly highlights why we must shake ourselves free of the EU shackles.
“This latest dispute with the European Commission is about whether the garlic was frozen or fresh. Next time who knows? All we do know is that there will be a next time until we leave for good.
“We are told that we need to stay in the EU in order to retain influence. If this is influence then, like the garlic, it stinks," said Mr Nuttall.