HOW MANY WOULD HAVE VOTED REMAIN IF THEY’D KNOWN THIS?
EU TO SPEND €365 BILLION (£319 BILLION) ON COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY
€146 BILLION OF THIS TO BE SPENT ON ‘CLIMATE ACTION’
On Friday the EU Commission rolled out its latest plans for a massive area of spending for the EU – the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The plans cover the period 2021-2027.
BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG SUMMARY – EU’S COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY
The total budget for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is proposed at €365 billion
That’s 28.5% of the entire EU budget
Agriculture in the UK represents 0.5% of GDP
40% of the money will be spent on ‘climate action’
That’s €146 billion of the total
The Commission’s proposals for how to spend the vast €1.135 trillion EU budget have been released piece-by-piece since 02 May. It is regrettable that these have received no attention from the BBC or other broadcasters in the UK.
The UK has been a net contributor to the EU’s CAP budget. In other words it would have been cheaper to have paid farmers directly from the UK budget and billions would have been left over.
According to the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on 03 May 2018:
“The agricultural industry, on average, contributes around £9 billion to the national economy and accounts for about 0.5% of national Gross Domestic Product.”
DEFRA, 03 May 2018
40% TO BE SPENT ON “CLIMATE ACTION”
An increasing aspect of all EU documents is the mention of climate change in relation to its expenditure. The proportion of any budget which is allocated to climate change action is now frequently specified. In the case of the Common Agricultural Policy, this proportion has been allocated at 40%.
“In line with the Union’s commitment to implement the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, actions under the CAP are expected to contribute 40 per cent of the overall CAP budget to climate action.”
EU Commission statement, 01 June 2018
If you were designing a ‘common market’ or ‘European economic community’ – which is what the UK supposedly joined in 1973 – how much of your overall budget would you allocate to farming?
In the 1960s the CAP budget was in effect a gigantic mechanism for transferring money to inefficient farmers – particularly in France – by Germany, in return for Germany’s access to French markets for its industrial output. The CAP represented by far the largest proportion of the total budget.
Even by 1980, CAP expenditure was still running at an astonishing 72% of the total EU budget. By no measure can the EEC have ever been seen as merely a trading bloc – a ‘common market’.
Since then it has been impossible to sustain this gross over-emphasis on just one small part of economic activity. In the UK the size of the agricultural sector is 0.5% of GDP, according to DEFRA in its latest summary released on 03 May 2018.
In the latest figures from the EU Commission on Friday the percentage is 28.5%. Whilst this represents a further fall, it remains grossly disproportionate if the EU is seen as a modern trading bloc, which is what Remainers want the voters to believe.
It should also be recognised that one of the main reasons the percentage of the budget spent on the CAP has fallen is because the EU has steadily added to its activities each year, taking over more and more of each member state’s own business.
In other words, the EU has started spending more on other things, which makes CAP spending seem lower. In fact the total spending on CAP has risen dramatically over the years, from €21 billion in 1980 to €49 billion in 2017, at 2011 prices.
The questions we would like Remoaner MPs to answer are:
Do you really want the UK to stay in an EU spending €365 billion on agriculture?
Do you think voters want to spend 28.5% of the budget on the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy?
Do you think voters want to spend €146 billion of the CAP budget on ‘climate action’?
We’re not politicians, but we doubt that the answers to any of those questions would be “Yes”. Good luck getting re-elected if those are your policies.
AN EVEN MORE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION, FOR REMAIN VOTERS
If you’re a reasonably-minded person who voted Remain in the Referendum, listening to David Cameron, George Osborne and all the ‘experts’, don’t you wish you’d been given simple, basic facts like those above? These facts come from the EU itself, and from the UK government department responsible. They are incontestable.[Sources: EU Commission | DEFRA | ONS] 06.10am, 05 June 2018
Name: Brexiteer, Braintree, Essex Date/Time: 05 June 2018, 09.12am
Message: Wake up UK remain voters this is your tax money, the EU only spends money it gets from the contributing nations. Just think how much the price of food would come down if there were no EU farm subsides and farmers had to compete on a level playing field with the likes of Australia and New Zealand farmers. The only way inefficient EU farmers stay in business is from subsidies. So UK consumers are hit with a double whammy on their food prices, once from taxes from their earnings the British State contributes to the EU, and second from overpriced produce you have to buy from the EU, due to the external tariffs protecting EU farmers from more efficient competition.
Name: W Alkaway, Essex, UK Date/Time: 05 June 2018, 07.09am
Message: EU bureaucracy has ‘oniomania’ or compulsive buying/spending obsession. They seem to think that chucking money at problems is always the answer. Hence a whopping 365 billion Euros promise for farming. They clearly have been led to believe, by May’s constant capitulations to their demands, that Britain will carry on as their cash cow for ever. Not so. Angela Merkel has already turned down Macron’s attempts to establish a central financial control at Brussels of all member vassal states’ spending. She fears Germany would react to being a major contributor to likely oncoming bail-outs for bankrupt member nations. Isn’t Germany already facing huge financial strains (steel tariffs/danger of car sales falling/huge costs of the failed African migrants) not the cheap labour the EU dictators expected, but unemployable millions needing homes/education/food/massive law-breaking/allowing in Muslim terrorists etc, the costs of all of which are falling on the existing electorate. An electorate who now don’t like what is happening to them in the name of the EU. Bring it on, EU dictators. This is like the terminal writhing of a monster in its death throes. I’m enjoying the gripping spectacle, and have booked first row seats!