Unless we have the support of other EU states, that is. Germany has already called for a freeze in any increase. But many of the remaining 27 member states will not support a freeze, particularly the poorer ones.
Currently the UK pays £113.5bn. But the EU want an increase of between £9 and £14bn between 2014 and 2020.
Determined to get its message out, the EU is currently hiring a new increase in "communications specialists" with around 65 new spin doctors being hired. On top of almost 1,000 communication officials already working for the EU! (When did you last hear a round of redundancies in Brussels?)
It's warOne route to force EU states to stump up could be a new EU-wide tax which would help the EU boost its spending clout. This could be a tax integrated into the EU's carbon trading scheme (more painful for the UK's poor) or a 'Robin Hood' style tax on all financial transactions.
So keep your ears primed for news of a new "multi-annual financial framework". EU-speak for more of your cash. The gun has been fired for a budget war.