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VOTE LEAVE VICTORY! Official figures reveal UK billed MORE than £350m each week by EU

NEW figures have revealed that Vote Leave under-estimated the amount of money demanded by the EU from the UK each week by £26 million.

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GETTY      The EU billed the UK almost £376m each week in 2015, according to the ONS


According to the Office of National Statistics the EU billed the UK for £19.6 billion in 2015 or almost £376 million each week.

The revelation comes after repeated claims by the Remain campaign and its supporters that Vote Leave’s battlebus gross figure of £350 million a week going to the EU was “a lie”.

They claimed the number was much lower but instead the ONS has confirmed it was an under-estimate.

Once the UK rebate worth around £4.9 billion a year and EU payments to specific projects in Britain had been taken away then the UK handed over £10.9 billion to the EU in 2015 or £199 million each week.

However, Vote Leave always argued that the rebate repayment is delayed by a year and Britain has no control of the £4.3 billion spent on projects in the UK.

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GETTY    According to the Office of National Statistics the correct figure is £376m a week


Conservative for Britain co-chairman Steve Baker, the MP for Wycombe, said: “Shockingly were billed even more than Vote Leave thought.

“Even after taking out the rebate anf money spent in the UK our net contributions were shockingly over £10 billion a year.

“We should be spending our money on our priorities.”

The new data for 2015 is included in the latest breakdown of the UK’s current account, known as the Pink Book, published by ONS.

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GETTY     Boris Johnson famously campaign from a bus carry the figure on its side


The ONS said: “None of the figures on the money flowing between the UK and EU are fully reflective of the total costs and benefits of EU membership as these are complex and difficult to quantify.”

In a separate report a thinktank has suggested that half a million EU citizens living in the UK are in limbo until a decision is made on Brexit.

The Social Market Foundation (SMF) said that of the 3.6 million EU citizens living in the UK more than 80 per cent would have been here for five years and automatically retain the right to reside but the rest may be forced to leave.

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GETTY     Vote Leave original estimate of the weekly cost of the EU was £350million a week


The thinktank said it would be “very difficult, if not impossible” for the UK to change its permanent residency criteria.

SMF director Emran Mian said: “Our analysis suggests that, while the majority have or will acquire permanent residence, the right to remain in the UK of almost 600,000 people may be at risk if the UK leaves the EU in 2019.”

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/695516/UK-was-billed-by-EU-MORE-26m-WEEK-350-bus-cost

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