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31st October, 2017
The Real Cost of Being in the EU
The following comments are based upon research from two main sources: The Taxpayers' Alliance Report - October, 2017, Why is the Cost of Living so High?, by Ben Ramanauskas, and by David Noakes at the eutruth.org.uk Website - other references are cited within the text.
The obvious "bone-of-contention" of the 350 million per week that the Remainers' keep claiming was a lie - pales into insignificance compared to the rest of the money that the UK taxpayers pay into the EU on a daily basis.
The Taxpayers' Alliance Report (2017)
The report itemises the effects of the EU and UK Government policies upon the costs of the daily lives of UK citizens.
We concentrate on those costs which relate directly to the EU, although there are overlaps which enhance the net effect on every day life.
The costs detailed in The Taxpayers' Alliance report (2017) related to the EU comprise the following: The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), Common Fisheries Policy CFP, Housing shortages and high rents, Environmental (Green Policies) and VAT costs that the UK taxpayers are subjected to - these effects and others in the report are all part of the real reason that we have the requirement for two parent workers flogging themselves to death to keep a roof over their head, either buying or renting, and to feed their families.
These are costs that the EU will keep increasing - to feed the EU's own ambitions, which will expand to general taxation, insurance, pensions and all aspects of finance in people’s lives, not forgetting directly accessing the personal accounts of the population (in the UK and in the other member states) whenever the EU needs funds for bailouts (as with Cyprus) or new vanity projects, or further expansion.
Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
The common agriculture policy of the European Union has resulted in food prices being higher for consumers in the UK due to tariffs, subsidies, and overly restrictive regulations.
The CAP has the impact of increasing food prices for consumers in three ways.
"Firstly - for goods into the UK are 3 x times higher than the average EU tariff (8.5%) Dairy (37.4%), Sugar (24.6% animal products (16.2%) Farming machinery and equipment from outside the EU are also subjected to tariff charges.
"The government were aware that CAP would increase food retail prices by about 2.5% per year in 1971, before we were taken into the EEC."
"Secondly - taxpayer subsidies prop-up EU farmers and protect them from true market forces - leaving them without any incentive to change their inefficient and unproductive methods, resulting in increases in food prices."
"Thirdly - food standard regulations lead to higher food prices - protectionist policies which are not based upon scientific evidence, are simply used to prevent the import of cheaper food produced overseas, thus maintaining higher food prices."
Comment: - Clearly, the UK being in the EEC(EU) is partly responsible for the need for "Food Banks" in the UK, and our successive governments have been complicit in the deliberate impoverishment of the UK population, in favour of other member state nationals.
The Common Fisheries policy (CFP)
"Fishing in UK waters is regulated by the common fisheries policy (CFP) of the EU.
"Under the CFP, fishermen from other EU member states have the right to catch fish in UK waters. This, coupled with quotas placed on the number of fish caught, has resulted in fish stocks in UK waters being depleted and thus the number of fish caught by UK fishermen has decreased. In 1970, before the UK’s accession to the EEC, UK fishermen landed 948,000 tonnes of fish. The number of fish landed by UK fishermen has continued to decrease over the years and the figure stood at 415,000 tonnes in 2015."
"The price of fish has increased quickly compared to other food products (supply and demand) since the UK became subject to the CFP."
Comment: - Our elected Representatives have presided over a scandalous CFP to the benefit of the EU for the past 44 years and, through their agreements with other nations, particularly Russia
“The reason why housing costs are so high is due to a shortage of supply. For example, in London alone, 50,000 new homes a year need to be built in order to address the current housing shortage and to accommodate London’s burgeoning population. However, London’s new housing supply is only at approximately 30,960 a year.” "Rents in the UK are £350 per month more than the European average."
Comment: Planning permission is a major problem restricting housing development – but unless you want the “Green Belt” concreted over you would rather restrictions were kept in place and “Brown Field” sites were developed first - developers who are only interested in quick profits, or long-term investments in land holdings, find these sites less attractive. Government policies such as Stamp Duty levies have worsened the problem.
The housing crisis was exacerbated by New Labour, the Con/Lib coalition and the Cameron Government policies and allowing mass immigration into the UK and not providing the necessary basic conditions needed to cope with the mass influx.
It is commonly assumed that immigration only really started to increase significantly in the UK after 2004, with the accession of new, eastern European countries, but according to an analysis by Migration Policy 2007, entitled "The Immigration Legacy of Tony Blair" (migrationpolicy.org) - Blair took control of immigration "from-the-off" in 1997 when the net migration was at 46,800 per year increasing to 222,600 per year in 2004 - the foreign born population was 4.9 million or 8.3% of the total by then.
"In the 10-year period under Blair's stewardship, Labour passed four migration-related Parliamentary Acts (laws), and a fifth Parliamentary Bill (a draft law) is currently in the final stages of approval." This legislation was designed to favour of migrants coming to to work and study in the UK." (migrationpolicy.org) - "The number of illegal immigrants in the UK in 2005 was estimated to be 439,000 or 0.7% of the population, however, ministers have consistently refused to cap the number of legal immigrants entering."
Comment: Blair certainly set about managing migration - for the EU, not the UK. This same legislation effectively made UK citizen's 2nd class citizens in their own country.
Comment: Jeremy Corbyn stated on LBC on the 27th of October, 2017 that a Labour government would build 500,000 social house each year - that suggests that, if he were to gain power, he is planning for a mass influx of unskilled migrants and their relatives, who would be living in social housing and on benefits in perpetuity and, that the UK population growth is totally out of control or the government is hamstrung to do anything about the situation since it is controlled by the EU's free movement clauses in the treaties.
"Energy bills are high in the UK because of “Green" Taxes to pay for renewable subsidies and EU “Green Regulations” 9% of the average household annual bill is from “Green” taxes."
"Transport is expensive in the UK because of duties on fuel, with motorists paying over 77 pence per litre. Other costs related to transport arise from additional "Green" taxes originating from the EU"
Comment:This is despite of the fact that taxing people has very little effect on pollution - we also have very much greater pollution effects whenever the wind is easterly from the continent and German car manufacturers have been hiding their true pollutant contribution from their vehicles - around the world, in particular, in the UK.
"The price of petrol in the UK would be one of the lowest in the EU and the OECD if it were not for the government. This is because the government levies fuel duty on petrol at a rate of 57.95 pence per litre and also VAT at a rate of 20 per cent - some of which VAT is paid to the EU. When compared to other countries, total duty as a proportion of the price of petrol paid by consumers is the UK is one of the highest in Europe and is the highest in the OECD."
Comment:It is clear that whilst the EU pushes its "pollution" taxes on EU citizens, its industries (at least in Germany) are only interested in getting around the regulations.
Part of the VAT that we pay goes to fund the EU, in 2011 that was 0.3% and the EU plans to bring in more and more direct taxation to the populations of the EU.We understand that during 2017 the amount of VAT paid to the EU will be increased.
Net Migration to UK 1971 to 2005
Source: International Passenger Survey