A multi-million pound campaign to explain the EU Constitution has been branded 'a monstrous abuse of taxpayers' money'.
Euro MPs have approved the £6 million campaign aimed at informing people about the controversial treaty. Britain has turned down any cash.
EU officials insist the aim is not to promote a 'yes' vote in referendums, but the UK Independence Party said the campaign was an outrageous attempt to swing the vote.
UKIP MEP Nigel Farage said: 'This is a monstrous abuse of taxpayers' money, an attempt to bully the electorate into voting for this totally unacceptable constitution.'
He said: 'I am not going to take this lying down. I will be launching an appeal in this country to help the French and to help the Danes try to redress this balance.'
Source: Birmingham Post, Thursday 17 March 2005