EXCLUSIVE: Brexit has avoided UK having to subsidise French colonies even more

EU announces £7bn of measures to fund France’s colonial past and present

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Facts4EU.Org reveals how Brexit Britain has once again ‘dodged a bullet’

On Tuesday (03 May 2022) the EU Commission announced a new strategy to deal with its ‘Outermost Regions’. These are mostly French colonies, with high unemployment, low educational standards, low GDP – but with high maintenance costs which the French have successfully passed on to the EU.

Before Brexit, the UK was in effect subsidising France’s colonial past, by paying into a series of EU funds that are being spent in the French ‘Outermost Regions’. Today Facts4EU.Org can reveal the €8.4bn (approx £7bn GBP) of the EU’s budget now being spent on France’s behalf – and now increasing further.

Thanks to Brexit, any new EU funds to finance the French will no longer be a drain on the British taxpayer.

On Tuesday, EU ‘Executive Vice-President for an Economy that Works for People’, Valdis Dombrovskis, said:

“Our outermost regions may be distant from the European mainland, but they are very important for the EU, with their young populations, unique biodiversity and rich renewable energy sources. These regions also face serious problems such as high unemployment and low economic output …”

- EU Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis, Tuesday 03 May 2022

France’s ‘Outermost Regions’, supported by the EU budget

Six out of the EU’s nine ‘Outermost Regions’ are French. These are: Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte, La Réunion, and Saint-Martin. There are also two Portuguese territories (the Azores and Madeira) and one Spanish territory (the Canary Islands).

Geographically the French territories are dotted around the world, from South America to the Caribbean, to islands off Africa. Whilst they naturally have geo-political advantages to the French, they are nonetheless comparatively expensive to maintain.

“Vive le budget européen!”

The overall cost of maintaining its colonial past is, however, not a problem for the French government as the territories in question are subsidised by the other 26 EU member countries. Below we reveal what the British taxpayer would be subsidising on behalf of President Macron’s government, if the UK were to rejoin the EU.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org Summary

Cost of France's colonial past to the EU

  • Guadeloupe : € 1.41bn
  • French Guiana : € 1.21bn
  • Martinique : € 1.33bn
  • Mayotte : € 1.03bn
  • La Réunion : € 2.91bn
  • Saint-Martin : € 0.55bn
  • TOTAL : € 8.43 BILLION

NOTE: All figures in this report come from an internal EU Commission Staff Working Document

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At least these French colonies are helping the EU’s birth rate, if not its unemployment rate

As part of Facts4EU.Org’s research we looked at other factors. One which stood out was the birth rate in these French colonies.

France’s birth rate in 2019 was 1.86. In its colonies, however, the rate was over 3.0.

We then looked at the employment prospects for all these new, young French people as they grow up. These are not looking good. Metropolitan France’s youth unemployment rate is much worse than the UK’s – as with the rest of the EU. In its colonies, however, the situation is even worse.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org Summary

44.4% average youth unemployment rate in the French ‘Outermost Regions’

  • Guadeloupe 41.5%
  • Martinique 38.3%
  • Mayotte 55.4%
  • La Réunion 42.3%
  • AVERAGE : 44.4%

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NOTE: For some reason the French do not report youth unemployment rates for French Guiana and Saint-Martin.


For many years a majority of the British public suspected that the UK has ‘played fair’, whilst other EU countries have milked the EU cow. And that cow was in large part funded by the British taxpayer.

Based on the Facts4EU team’s experience over seven years, diligently researching raw data from the EU seven-days-a week, we would agree. Our report above is merely one more amongst thousands of reports we have published, raising these questions.

Now, thank goodness, we are out – even if we will still be paying into the EU’s funds until 2064, thanks to the disastrous ‘Withdrawal Agreement’ negotiated by Theresa May and ratified by the UK Government.

One Brexit consolation and benefit is that any new monies being sent to French colonies will not be able to be added to the UK’s already outrageous ‘Divorce Bill’, as they were decided after we left.

If the Rejoiners had their way, of course, the UK would once again be paying for all this….

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[ Sources: EU Commission Staff Working Document and press statements ] Politicians and journalists can contact us for details, as ever.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org, Fri 06 May 2022

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