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.

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Reece Coombes

As a 16-year-old member of UKIP with a cardboard Nigel Farage cut-out in his bedroom, Reece is hardly your bog-standard student, but he cherishes his independent thinking as his greatest strength. Reece is the founder and owner of Kipper Central, a UKIP community blog with thousands of daily hits and is also the Deputy Chairman of Young Independence, UKIP's youth wing, where he works hard to promote Brexit and radical thinking to young people across Britain.

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1 Response

  1. MIKE MAUNDER says:

    TWO QUESTIONS HAVE TO BE ASKED, OR FACED UP TO ! Is the UK/GB a Democracy ? By muddled thinking and lip service we say YES ! However we are looking at the question of EU membership, with a referendum result that gave leaving the EU over a million more votes, and yet we are still in this unwanted Union, and still paying for the privilege. Why ?
    Then there is Parliament, that is clearly out of step with the people. All main Parties voiced their OFFICIAL wish to stay in the EU. With the votes cast, they change their tune, but want to keep in the trade arrangements, so that we are out of the Union, but continue to pay. Paying is the view of the EU. That is all this Nation is required for in European minds. The EU is unable to sign off its own accounts, but has no problem in demanding money from us, as a divorce bill, with a figure plucked out of the air, and doubled.
    Our PM resembles a dead leaf, blown by the wind. She says one thing, but then does something different, and is then reported as saying the opposite in Europe ! WE CAN’T GO ON LIKE THIS ! If you then add the fact that Maggie May’s Party is so against PR taking over from FPTP vote system. I feel that she and her Tory Party, that masquerades as a Government, must bring in a PR vote system and it should be done immediately. Democracy is the will of the majority, and we don’t have that today. Do we ?

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