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EU THIEVING STUDENTS – One in four European Union citizens who study in England go home without paying a PENNY of their student loans

It has left UK taxpayers having to pay more than £130million for their unpaid debts according to a fresh analysis of Student Loans Company figures

ONE IN four EU citizens who study in England go home without paying a penny of their loans, the Sun can reveal.

It has left UK taxpayers picking up a bill of more than £400million for their unpaid debts.

Some students coming to the UK to study at universities such as Cambridge aren’t repaying back their loans

ALAMY    Some students coming to the UK to study at universities such as Cambridge aren’t repaying back their loans


MPs said it exposed one of the many “hidden costs” of EU membership and demanded Theresa May use Brexit to stop taxpayers being ripped off.

Students from across Europe who choose to attend English universities get access to the same taxpayer-funded loan as British citizens.

But analysis of figures from the Student Loans Company reveal 18,600 have not paid back a penny and authorities cannot track them because they have returned overseas.

Theresa May was urged to use the issue as part of Brexit talks – to recoup back some money

GETTY IMAGES    Theresa May was urged to use the issue as part of Brexit talks – to recoup back some money


The 25 per cent of EU graduates who fail to repay loans compares to an overall rate of just 2 per cent.

Furious Tory MPs have demanded Theresa May recoup the money owed by EU graduates in Brexit negotiations.

Jacob Rees-Mogg said there was “no reason for EU students to be subsidised by UK taxpayers”.

And Philip Davies told The Sun: “This is an absolute scandal and shows the huge hidden cost of our membership of the EU to go on top of our £10billion a year membership fee.

“Now we are leaving the EU the Government needs to ensure that we stop taxpayers being ripped off in this way.”

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2987186/one-in-four-european-union-citizens-who-study-in-england-go-home-without-paying-a-penny-of-their-student-loans/

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