EU agrees how to spend UK money next year, without the UK Chancelllor

The UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer wasn’t even there

    

© Brexit Facts4EU.Org / ©: EU Commission : EU's German Budget Commissioner Oettinger

Brexit Facts4EU.Org reveals what you will be paying for

Yesterday the EU’s budget for next year (2020) was announced in Brussels by the German EU Commissioner responsible for EU spending. It comes in at a cool €169 billion euros (approx £144 billion GBP).

Brexit Facts4EU.Org Summary

EU budget for next year – some highlights

  • Total EU budget for 2020: €168.9 billion (£144 billion pounds)
  • Even if the UK ‘leaves the EU’ on 31 Jan, it will keep paying for the EU’s plans for all of 2020
  • 35% (€58.7 billion) will go to subsidising other EU countries
  • 34% (€58.1 billion) will go to subsidising EU farmers

This is hugely relevant to Brexit

The UK was supposed to have left the EU on 29 March last year. Under the current Government’s plans, the UK will now “leave the EU” on 31 Jan 2020. Despite this, the EU will continue to extract full contributions from the UK. Here is what they said yesterday:-

EU confirmation that the UK will keep paying

“The agreement is based on the premise that the United Kingdom, following its withdrawal from the European Union by 31 January 2020 at the latest, will continue to contribute to and participate in the implementation of the EU budget until the end of 2020 as if it were a Member State.

- Statement by the EU Commission, Brussels, 18 Nov 2019

So the UK will not be a member of the EU after January, and will not be able to vote on anything at all, but is expected to continue to make massive contributions into the EU’s coffers as if it were a member.

What actually happened yesterday?

In Brussels the three main EU institutions (EU Council, EU Commission, and EU Parliament) finally agreed on the EU's budget for 2020. This was the EU’s top news item.

The EU says that this budget :

“will allow the EU to focus its resources on the priorities that matter to citizens:

  1. climate change,
  2. jobs,
  3. young people,
  4. security and solidarity in the EU.”

Pic right - ©: EU Commission : EU's German Budget Commissioner Herr Oettinger

How is your money being spent by the EU next year?

Next year's budget is the seventh and last one under the current 2014-2020 long-term budgetary cycle, and was announced by Günther H. Oettinger, the German EU Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources.

The total 2020 EU budget is set at €168.69 billion. This does NOT even include the EU’s massive “off-budget” funds to which the UK contributes.

Some key features include:

  • 21% (35.4 billion) of the overall budget will go on climate change
  • 35% (€58.7 billion) will go to subsidising other EU countries. The EU refers to this as “narrowing economic gaps in and between Member States”
  • 34% (€58.1 billion) will go to EU farmers. Agriculture represents 0.5% of the UK economy (DEFRA)
  • The European global satellite navigation system Galileo will get an extra €1.2 billion. This is the system part-paid for by UK taxpayers to which the EU will not give the UK access under the Withdrawal Agreement
  • Over €¼ billion will be spent on EU defence projects which the UK will not be part of
  • €2.9 billion will go to the EU’s Erasmus+ higher education programme. Only 0.5% of British students use it
  • €2.4 billion will go to the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, the Internal Security Fund, and agencies

Observations

Apparently the UK funding the EU budget is not a news item

Yesterday and today the BBC has not seen fit to mention that the EU has decided how to spend €169 billion of UK and EU27 citizens’ money next year, so Brexit Facts4EU.Org is once again doing the BBC’s job for them. This is highly relevant for British people because the UK is one of the few EU countries which pays in far more than it gets out.

Our readers are very well-informed. Most of what you have read above will not come as a surprise. Sadly this is not the case for many British people. Perhaps it is to be expected that three-and-a-half years after the EU Referendum, many Britons have had enough and are ‘tuning out’.

We continue to believe that it is essential to get basic messages out. It is our assessment that large swathes of voters simply do not realise that ‘getting Brexit done’ by 31 Jan means nothing of the kind. There will be no trade deal, and no sense of anything being “done”.

Instead we will continue to pay into the EU, big-time, and will have agreed a massive divorce bill which has no basis in law. We will be subject to every existing and new law and regulation from the EU. The only difference will be that the UK will no longer have any say over any of this. For the duration of the ‘Transition Period’ we will be, in effect, a submissive colony of the EU.

Going forward there is a job of work to be done. We sincerely hope that if Mr Johnson’s government wins a mandate, they will assemble the finest and most experienced minds to negotiate hard with the EU.

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[ Sources: EU Commission | Eurostat (official EU statistics agency) | UK Office for National Statistics | Universities UK | DEFRA ] Politicians and journalists can contact us for details, as ever.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org, 19 Nov 2019

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