The true cost of the former Labour prime minister’s blunder was exposed yesterday with some £10billion lost over the past five years.

Mr Blair agreed in 2005 to future reductions in the rebate – which were hard won by the late Baroness Margaret Thatcher in 1984.

He made the concession in return for reforms including the scaling back of farming subsidies under the Common Agricultural Policy, which failed to materialise.

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