EU membership for just 34p a day each

Jon Danzig |

Being a member of the EU costs on average only around 34p a day each. That’s a bargain, especially as the value of EU benefits far outweigh the cost.

The Confederation of British Industry has calculated that EU membership is worth around £3,000 a year to every British family — a return of nearly £10 for each £1 we pay in.

▪ So, in reality, EU membership costs NOTHING – it makes Britain, and Britons, BETTER OFF. EU membership is PROFITABLE.

(Source: CBI Report: Our Global Future, page 11)

The calculations for our annual EU membership fee have been published by the UK’s Office of National Statistics. (Source: The UK Contribution to the EU budget – Office for National Statistics)

When deducting from the EU membership fee all the money we get back from the EU, including our £5 billion rebate, the net cost of EU membership in 2016 was only £8.1 billion – or £156 million a week, or just 34p per person per day.

That’s far short of the claim made on Boris Johnson’s campaign bus that we send £350m a week to the EU. That was entirely incorrect.

But after the referendum, the Vote Leave campaign director, Dominic Cummings wrote:

“Would we have won without £350m/NHS? All our research and the close result strongly suggests no.”

(Source: The Spectator ‘Dominic Cummings: How the Brexit referendum was won)

So, we are leaving the EU based on a whopper of a lie (actually, lots of whopping lies).

Ok, if Mr Johnson had instead put the accurate figure of ‘£156m a week’ on his bus, it would still have seemed a lot of money. But something Brexiters never like to do is reveal how much we get back in return for the membership fee.

According to UK government research in 2011, EU membership was estimated to be worth between £31 billion and £92 billion a year in income gains.

(Source: UK government ‘The UK and the Single Market’ – Department for Business, Innovation and Business Skills)

▪ Let’s put this in another context.

In 2016, the government spent £814.6 billion on all aspects of public spending. This means that the net annual EU membership fee represented only 1% of all UK government expenditure. (A minuscule amount.)

Furthermore, the EU funds many thousands of projects in the UK every year, that our national government would be unlikely to finance. Such as Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport, or superfast broadband in Cornwall.

(Source: EU Commission – Financial Transparency System)

In addition, across Europe, our annual membership fee helps to fund projects that benefit our continent and its people as a whole – such as Galileo, to give Europe its own satellite navigation system. (That Britain will miss out on if we leave).

And the Horizon 2020 project – the world’s biggest multinational research programme, funding leading-edge research in all aspects of science and innovation that will directly benefit all EU citizens. (That Britain will miss out on if we leave).

Individual European countries could not afford to take on the projects that the EU helps to fund for the welfare and prosperity of its half-a-billion citizens.

▪ The advantages of EU membership considerably outweigh the cost of membership. So, why leave?

There is not even one valid or validated benefit for Brexit. Not even one.

Indeed, by NOT paying the annual EU membership fee, we will all be POORER, according to the UK government’s own impact assessment reports.

(Source: The Guardian ‘UK significantly worse off under all Brexit scenarios’ – official forecast)

In the General Election on 12 December, vote for a democratic reversal of Brexit. We’ll all be better off by remaining in the EU.

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