UK does not send £350m a week to Brussels

by InFacts | 01.06.2016

Boris Johnson says we send £350 million a week to Brussels. He also says we can use that money to save the NHS. Neither claim is true.

Margaret Thatcher secured a discount on our payment to the EU. When you take account of that and money that comes back to Britain, our membership costs 30p per person per day. That’s half the price of a Mars bar. And we get more than 30p a day back in benefits.

Boris also doesn’t say that EU migrants support the NHS. They pay more in taxes than they use public services. What’s more, if we left, we’d suffer such an economic shock that we’d have less money to spend on the NHS, not more.

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10 Responses to “UK does not send £350m a week to Brussels”

  • Please read and spread comment from the LSE about the post brexit economic model from Minford et al with very accurate dismantling of the position of those economists for brexit. Article titled: “The ‘Britain Alone’ scenario: how Economists for Brexit defy the laws of gravity”. It is really an eye opener on the damage on the economy Uk is going to inflict itself in case of brexit

  • Your link to “more than 30p back in benefits” does not link to any explanation of those benefits, just what Mark Carney thinks could happen on leaving. Is it the correct link?

  • this tells us nothing at all, it may help if you illustrate gross amount before rebate, amount of rebate, how much come’s back in eu grants, how much stays in the eu. when in each year our contribution is required to be sent, if the gross amount is sent before rebate returned. or is it deducted before, we send our contribution? I am sure it is not beyond researches to provide this information.

  • Why are you contesting the £350m (£213m net) per week cost of our EU membership direct cost? Because it DIVERTS us from the BIG indirect costs. Just to recap.
    According to OBR, the UK pays £19.6bn pa (£377m per week) in direct charges, getting back about £8.5bn pa.
    That makes the net direct cost £11.1 (£213m per week) and SO the UK gets back less than £1 for every £2 that the EU takes.
    Adding the indirect cost of £33billion for businesses to comply with just 100 Regulations, plus £2.2bn taken from UK VAT receipts, gives us £46 billion pa.
    However, those figures omit the cost of compliance with many thousands of other EU Regulations and Professor Tim Congdon estimates the total cost at £190bn pa.
    In 2005 Gordon Brown published a Treasury Paper, estimating and EU Regulation cost of 6% of GDP, ie £96bn pa in today’s terms.
    Neither Brown’s nor Congdon’s figures includes the tens of billions of pounds lost due to Tax Avoidance by big companies – because EU Law allows them to nominate the EU country where they are taxed.
    So the total cost of our EU membership is well over £100 bn pa and probably over £150 bn pa.
    Do we get value for money taken by the EU? Well, the annual audit report for 2014… found that £109 billion out of a total of £117 billion spent by the EU in 2013 was “affected by material error” and EU accounts had not been given the all clear for 19 years.”
    So why should we let the EU spend around £20bn pa of our money, when they can’t deliver value and when they impose regulatory burdens on us in return? We can stop that by leaving the EU.

  • What would really help this is some links to the sourceSo, other than just a link to the Tesco website! Otherwise it’s no better than what Boris painted on the bus.

  • Let’s have some clean simple open government what is the exact amount of of money from Britain to Brussels.
    Or what is the financial cost of our membership to belong to this European Union, answer with no fancy accountancy rubbish, just plain simple pounds, shillings, and pence. L S D per week.

  • The extremists in the Tory Party, wanting us out of Europe, pursued a campaign of what their new best chum Trump would call ‘fake news’. Sadly, 52% of the electorate were too dim to spot glaringly obvious lies when they saw them. Now, we are heading for the worst recession in decades, just as soon as Brexit happens.