West Midlands UKIP MEP James Carver has highlighted the fact that the cost of EU red tape is so huge that it exceeds the Treasury estimates for council tax revenue for this financial year.
He said: "Ratepayers all over the country struggle to pay their council tax bills and then watch in dismay on an increasingly regular basis as local services, such as libraries and childrens' centres, are shut because of budget cuts.
"There must come a point when councils cannot cut services back any further - though they could and should make cuts in other ways such as reducing top management salaries and Councillor allowances - and meanwhile we are handing over £55 million a day to the EU.
"The Open Europe report shows that EU red tape costs Britain £33billion a year and the costs of a quarter of these regulations outweighs the estimated benefits.
"The more details of waste, unnecessary regulations and lack of transparency that emerges from the EU, whose accounts have not been signed off for 19 years, the more reasons pile up for us to leave.
"It has been made plain that David Cameron's much vaunted talk of re-negotiation will come to nought. You cannot negotiate with a body that does not want to negotiate," he added.