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Repeal the 1972 European Communities Act

Comment 10th July 2010

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According to the Bruges Group report “How Much Does the EU Cost Britain?” The EU costs us £65 billion gross each year.  That’s about £1,000 each every year for every man, woman and child in the UK.  And it increases every year.

Successive governments have never done a cost/benefit analysis of belonging to the EU as they are afraid of what a study would reveal.   The Bruges study showed that the gross cost to the UK in 2008 of £65 billion included:

·         £25 billion for business to comply with EU regulations

·         £17 billion of additional food costs resulting from the Common Agricultural Policy

·         £3.3. billion being the value of the catch lost when the Common Fisheries Policy let other countries fish in our territorial waters

·         £14.6 billion paid into the EU budget and other EU funds.

It gets worse each year.

If we were free of the EU this sum could transform the UK.  We could get out of our recession speedily, and then use the savings to increase pensions, recruit more doctors, nurses, teachers, build modern transport systems and start paying off the national debt.

UK contributions to EU in 2010 are double the amount of 2008.

New Open Europe research finds that EU regulation has cost the UK economy £124 billion since 1998.

The Bruges report shows that UK laws are on average around 2.5 times more cost effective that EU laws.  In areas of shared competence, such as environmental policy, financial services and agriculture, EU regulations tend to generate higher costs, relative to benefits.  The discrepancy is not surprising, given that EU laws are one-size-fits-all solutions which, by definition, cannot fully account for member states’ individual circumstances.   In addition, since it is very difficult to change EU laws once they’ve been agreed – as it requires agreement amongst 27 member states and the European Parliament – these laws can continue to generate heavy and unnecessary costs year after year.

 

A Swiss Government cost/benefit analysis of full EU membership concluded that membership would cost between 6 and 9 times the cost of their present bilateral agreements with EU countries.  The UK governments are afraid to carry out our own cost/benefit analysis!

 

The EU leaders are pressing ahead with the idiotic and controversial EU Climate Action and Renewable Energy package which will cost the average UK family at least £600 per year.

 

The cost of EU membership falls disproportionately on the poor.

 

It is well known that EU spending is riddled with corruption and waste.  Marta Andreasen, the whistle-blower and ex Chief Accountant to the European Commission said, “Opportunities for fraud are open and they are taken advantage of.  The most elementary precautions are neither taken nor even contemplated.  The reverse is the case.  People such as myself, who attempt to bring openness and accountability to the system, are pursued, suspended and dismissed.”

 

According to the German magazine Der Speigel, 1 million Euros a day are stolen from the EU.

 

Because of the lack of accountability, corruption and waste, The European Court of Auditors has refused to sign off the accounts for the 14th consecutive year, and it is thought that the accounts may not be able to be signed off before 2020!

 

Examples of fraud and waste are too numerous to enumerate, but suffice it to say that currently The EU’s anti-fraud body OLAF is investigating a scam whereby EU employees have provided false contracts potentially worth £30 million for cleaning services never carried out!

 

EU leaders are determined on Political Union.  .  Our own leaders have repeatedly lied to the electorate about this and refused to give us a referendum.   Not only should we be given a referendum, but we should get off of the EU.  Those politicians that tell the electorate that we cannot get out of the EU and that 3 million jobs will be lost etc., are not only scaremongering, but up to their old tricks of lying, lying, lying!!!

Why does this matter?

We will regain our democratic rights to determine our own destiny; save an immense amount of money that can be applied towards paying off the national debt and getting us out of recession speedily.


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