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!