Saturday, 25 April 2009

Recession Dwarfed By Cost Of EU

So said Nigel Farage today, making the point that there was a general consensus among studies examining the cost of EU membership, including regulatory costs, that the true figure amounted to over £133 bn per year for the UK, equivalent to 7.1% of GDP based on figures announced this morning.
In comparison, government borrowing over the past 12 months to ease the current recession currently stands at £ 90bn, or just under 5% of GDP.

Mr Farage said that while these costs were scandalous and amounted to a sum sufficient to build more than 1,300 new, fully-equipped hospitals every year in the UK, they also wasted a huge opportunity. A report by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York showed that a removal of the EU’s regulatory burden from the UK would produce a boost of between 10 and 12% of GDP to the UK economy, potentially reversing the effects of the credit crunch.

Nigel Farage continued: “It is quite clear from these figures that the government is caught in a trap of its own making.......Reducing the regulatory burden on the UK economy would accelerate the UK’s recovery from the current recession, and yet the government’s hands are tied by its EU membership.......If you asked pretty much anyone outside of our parliament at Westminster whether they’d prefer new hospitals or more regulation, it’s pretty clear which they’d choose.”

Trouble is that no-one inside Parliament will ask those of us outside Parliament anything on anything 'cause all three political parties are all 'wedded' to EU membership!


Mark Wadsworth said...


Do you have a link to the Reserve Bank of NY research?

Captain Ranty said...

Statements like this cause me to like Nigel more and more with each day that passes. The man oozes common sense.

Why the fuck do we have to belong to this exclusive and frighteningly expensive club?

We need to leave it. The sooner the better. For all Britons. We can continue to trade in exactly the same way that we have for hundreds of years.

To remain, or, God forbid, to strengthen the relationship, is suicide.