Arnott: British Citizens are the EU’s “Magic Money Tree”
Ripping into the feeling European project, Jonathan Arnott MEP said “British politicians often pretend they have a magic money tree, but the European Union actually has one. It’s called the British taxpayer.”
The ONS this week released its latest figures related to EU funds, which showed that we pay the EU £159m per week (net), even more than during the referendum!
In fact, they also proved Boris’ infamous bus claim wrong – the gross figure is £363m per week, not £350m!
UKIP claims this will result in a total net cost of £22.8bn for British EU membership between the referendum and the day we are set to leave, which will be nothing more than an insult to the 52% if it plays out as such.
Arnott, who is UKIP’s treasury spokesman, also said:
“To put these figures into context, the net membership fee alone is the equivalent of over 2 pence in the pound on income tax.
“This isn’t what people thought they were voting for in the EU referendum. We voted to end British cash going to the European Union, not for the tap to keep flowing. It truly beggars belief that even these eye-watering amounts of money aren’t giving Theresa May pause to think – she’s still agreeing to hand many billions more over to the EU in a so-called ‘divorce bill’, which hasn’t the slightest legal basis.
“In a surprisingly political move by the Office for National Statistics, the figures for 2016 have been calculated differently to all previous years – removing the rebate, in an apparent bid to undermine figures used by Vote Leave during the referendum campaign.