We ask our members to read the article below published in ‘The Telegraph’
The WEU agrees with the RMT and also supports British withdrawal from the EU in the forthcoming referendum. We also believe that the EU is anti-worker and can negotiate trade deals that are not beneficial for the UK workforce without our MPs being able to stop them. EU policies are at odds with desire of this Union to see democratic accountability of MPs and we believe that taxes raised in England should only be spent by politicians living in England.
The half Trillion discussed in the article is the gross amount sent by Britain to the EU, so many analysis believe that half of that money is returned to Britain as part of a rebate. Even if that is accurate it would still mean that £250 billion of British taxpayers money has been given away to the EU. We ask you to consider what we could have achieved if we had used that money to invest in England’s workforce or invested that money in the NHS and Education.
However, even if you accept that out of that half Trillion, (£250 billion) is returned to Britain for investment, you have to accept that it has strings attached to it as the EU decides what it is spent on, not the British government.
Britain has given half a trillion pounds to EU since 1973
Analysis by Vote Leave shows that Britain is expected to pay out a further £96 billion over the next five years
The figure is equivalent to half of England’s schools grant and 56 times greater than the budget for NHS cancer drugs.
It said that according to HM Treasury forecasts Britain is expected to pay a further £96 billion over the next five years.
The analysis found that in today’s prices Britain has paid £484 billion since joining the European Economic Community in 1973.
In 2013 David Cameron secured a £30billion cut in the European Union’s Budget after winning the support of Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor.
Eurosceptics say that since then, however, the cap on the EU’s budget has increased by 2 per cent a year, forcing Britain to pay more.
The cost of Britain’s membership is likely to be one of the key talking points in the campaign leading up the referendum, which is expected to take place next year.
Matthew Elliott, chief executive of the Vote Leave campaign, said: “We hand the EU £350 million a week and counting – enough to buy a new hospital every week. David Cameron promised to cut the EU budget, yet we are handing more to Brussels ever year.”
It came amid growing splits in Ukip as Suzanne Evans, the party’s deputy chairman, Patrick O’Flynn, a Ukip MEP, and 205 Ukip councillors signed up as supporters of the Vote Leave campaign.
Nigel Farage, Ukip’s leader, has previously backed the rival Leave.EU campaign.
Vote Leave’s new recruits join major Ukip donors Paul Sykes and Stuart Wheeler as well as the party’s only MP Douglas Carswell who is on Vote Leave parliamentary committee.
Mr Carswell said: “We could be less than 200 days away from the referendum we’ve been campaigning for all these years. Now is the time to get stuck in and work with a broad coalition to win.”