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Jayne Adye, director of the grass-roots, pro-Brexit marketing campaign group Get Britain Out, writing in her weekly replace, contrasted the EU’s remedy of Britain with that of Germany, whose automobile business noticed £1billion in fines waived by the European Fee earlier this week. Ms Adye was talking after new figures printed by the Fee put the overall Britain owes at £40.8billion – with Downing Road publicly rejected the estimate.
She stated: “This is an increase of nearly £2billion on the original estimates made by the UK Office for Budget Responsibility.
“What makes this hike in demands somehow worse though, is the fact we could all see it coming as soon as Theresa May conceded to paying a ‘Divorce Bill’ in the first place.
“The EU will continue to try and demand more and more money at every opportunity, with almost no logic behind their demands.”
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The invoice had been issued by the EU’s Court docket of Auditors, which Ms Adye accused of failing to audit the bloc’s accounts for many years, and of “ignoring swathes of errors” yearly.
She requested: “How is this body authorised to try and demand billions more from the UK when they cannot even get their own accounts correct?
“It’s a fact the EU’s accounts have never ever been fully signed off, so why should we accept their auditors’ figures now, unless they go back 26 years to prove what they have already taken from us – and we have paid in good faith – is accurate?”
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Referring to Categorical.co.uk’s story on Friday, based mostly on an report by the Facts4EU suppose tank, Ms Adye stated: “To make this even more laughable, in the past 2 days the EU has both issued and then written off over €1.1billion in fines to German car manufacturers for breaches to emissions standards.
“This proves the EU clearly doesn’t need the money from the UK if they can afford to forgive and forget these debts to German companies.
“Or as is more likely, the EU continues to see the UK as their ‘Treasure Trove’ which can cough up more and more money whatever their demands.”
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Mercedes-Benz was excused from paying any fines by the EU
As for the UK’s response, Ms Adye urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to problem the EU’s figures and inform European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen she is not going to get a penny greater than was initially agreed.
Ms Adye stated: “This cannot be up for debate because as with so many other areas of negotiations with the EU, if we simply succumb to their demands, they will keep on trying the same tactics time and time again.
“This is UK taxpayers’ money and it should be spent on OUR priorities now, not paying for Federalist-inspired EU projects.”
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Talking yesterday, a Fee spokesman stated: “We have already informed the UK Government about the payments that they have to do with regard to the first part of this year and they’ve already in fact paid part of the amount concerned.
“Due to this fact, now we have completely no indications at this time limit that the invoice, or the quantity that we have calculated shall be contested.”
However, referring to the £40.8billion total, a Number 10 spokesman said: “We do not recognise that determine, it is an estimate produced by the EU for its personal inside accounting functions.
“For example it doesn’t reflect all the money owed back to the UK which reduces the amount we pay.
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“Our estimate stays within the central vary of between £35-39bn and we are going to publish full particulars in Parliament shortly.”
As a result of the Brexit negotiations, a deal was struck whereby the UK will pay the EU a sum covering pension contributions for EU staff in addition to funding for three EU research programmes from 2021-27.
In turn the UK will get back roughly £3billion paid into the European Investment Bank, plus £50million which it had in the European Central Bank.
The UK will even get a share of any fines paid to the EU which have been imposed earlier than the tip of final – a determine seemingly so as to add as much as £1.2billion.