EXCLUSIVE: EU27 continue to fund Putin’s war with £15bn per month

Another Brexit Britain benefit, as UK slams door shut with sanctions, but EU’s are ineffective

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EU27 paid £15bn to Russia for goods in June, UK paid only £0.03bn

Today, in association with the Rebuttal Unit of CIBUK, Facts4EU.Org can reveal the truly shocking disparity between the EU’s sanctions on Putin’s Russia, compared with the UK’s Russian sanctions.

The latest trade figures for June 2022 show the massive and growing flow of funds into Putin’s Russia from the EU and the dwindling trickle from Brexit Britain.

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Payments for goods from Russia, June 2022

  • EU27 : £15.3bn
  • UK :     £ 0.03bn

[Sources: EU Commission and ONS, import figures released Aug 2022. Euros converted into pounds at €1=£0.85.]

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EU27’s ever-increasing payments to Putin’s Russia

Facts4EU.Org has analysed the goods import data over recent years, using the EU Commission’s official data and compared this with the official data from the Office for National Statistics.

We have used the June figures for the last ‘normal’ year of trading pre-Covid (June 2019) and compared them with the latest figures (for June 2022).

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EU27’s and UK’s payments to Russia

  • EU27 % change, June 2019 versus June 2022 : +61.6%
  • UK % change, June 2019 versus June 2022 : -98.2%

[Sources: EU Commission and ONS, import figures released Aug 2022.]

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The independent UK has been able to impose effective sanctions, unlike the EU

Whilst a member of the European Union, the United Kingdom’s trade policies were the preserve of the EU Commission.

Following Brexit, the UK Government has been free to pursue its own independent trade policy. (This does not apply to Northern Ireland as a result of the NI Protocol.) Below we summarise the actions that have been taken by the UK Government since Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine at the end of February.

UK’s sanctions on buying from Putin’s Russia

  • 8 March 2022 – phasing out of oil imports by the end of 2022
  • 25 March 2022 – additional 35% import tariff on a range of goods implemented
  • 6 April 2022 – import ban announced on all iron and steel products
  • 21 April 2022 – import bans announced on silver, wood products and high-end goods
  • 1 June 2022 – further goods subject to the additional 35% tariff
  • 26 June 2022 – import ban announced on gold

As a result of all the above, imports of goods from Russia decreased to £33 million in June 2022 and are at the lowest level since records began in January 1997. There were no imports of fuels from Russia in June 2022 – again this is for the first time since records began.


It must be said: If the above does not demonstrate a clear Brexit benefit, we don’t know what does.

The EU’s sanctions on Putin’s Russia have been delayed, flawed, compromised by internal disagreements, and ineffective. The EU27 are spending 62% more with Russia than they did before the Covid pandemic.

Yes, part of this is down to the rising cost of energy but this is no excuse, as the EU should have been weaning itself off Russian gas, oil and coal following Putin’s invasion of Crimea in 2014. It didn’t.

Conversely the newly-independent United Kingdom has been free to act – and act it has done. Putin’s Russia is now receiving only 2% of what they were receiving from the UK pre-pandemic. With the UK being the fifth-largest economy in the world this is significant.

Wars are expensive – not only in terms of people’s lives but also in the cash needed to fund them. Putin’s source of cash from Brexit Britain has virtually dried up completely.

Meanwhile Putin is still able to fund his illegal invasion of Ukraine, courtesy of more than €18bn euros per month being received from the EU27.

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[ Sources: EU Commission | Office for National Statistics ] Politicians and journalists can contact us for details, as ever.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org, Sat 27 Aug 2022

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