Over the next seven years Britain will send £71 billion to Brussels - equivalent to £10.2 billion a year. This could have alternative uses. We could...
- Cut council tax by nearly 50%:
- Build 40 brand new general hospitals each year
- Employ an extra 320,000 nurses each year
- Cut the main rate of corporation tax by 11p
- Cut the basic rate of income tax by 3p
- Raise the inheritance threshold from £300,000 to £2,925,000
- Raise the income tax personal allowance by £2000
- Cut petrol duty by 75%
- Pay the total bill for the London Olympics in less than one year
Britain will receive only €770 per person in EU spending (the lowest of any member state). This is half as much as France (€1480) and a quarter as much as Ireland (€3090). Absurdly, the richest country in the EU – Luxemburg – will get more than €22,000 per person because it benefits from having EU agencies based there.
Per head, the top three recipients of EU funds will continue to be old member states – Luxembourg, Belgium and Greece. France will continue to be the largest recipient of EU funds of any member state in absolute terms. France will receive €89 billion from the EU over the six year period, compared to €46 billion for the UK.
The Government claimed that what Britain will be paying would be in “rough parity with countries such as France.” (PMOS, 8 December 2005) But despite numerous written parliamentary questions, the Government has repeatedly refused to publish full details about the other EU member states’ contributions and receipts. Leaked documents revealed that over the period, Britain will pay in 20% more than France (£42 billion, compared with France’s £35 billion). The Government has now responded by publishing its projection for French net contributions (though only for France and not other member states). The Government claims that France will pay up to €48.3 bn, while the UK will pay up to €57.5 bn over the period – meaning that the UK will pay just under 20% more, even though its economy is only 6% bigger (Written Answer,31 Jan 2006).
All the above words and figures are taken from a new Briefing Paper from Open Europe, which you can download HERE. We're having the wool pulled over our eyes and Thank God for organisations like Open Europe who uncover the real costs of our membership of the European Union. In the end, governments only govern with the consent of the people. When they break manifesto promises on a referendum and then try to hide from us how much the EU is costing, no one should be surprised if, in the end, the people turn on their government and say 'enough is enough'.