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The cost of MEPs
The major cost of the European Parliament is the MEPs who can accumulate huge sums as a result of tax and pension privileges combined with expenses which they have never actually incurred.
Annual pre tax salary of an MEP is £80,244.
The fee received for signing in and attending is £255/day.
Allowance for office staff is £17,824/month. This is paid direct by EP to employees.
Allowance for office costs is £3545/month or £42,000/year.
An allowance of £3485 can be claimed for travel expenses outside the MEP's own country.
A typical claim for a MEPs expenses in 2012 was £35,212.
Over a five year period an MEP can have an income of £1 million.
The European Parliament maintains expensive legislatures in Brussels and Strasbourg but still has relatively few real powers, except over the EU budget where it has repeatedly voted for above-inflation increases.
Britain pays into the EU Budget £48 million every day equivalent to £17.5 billion a year gross (£8.3 billion net). This should be used instead to protect and retain public services and pensions. This payment to the EU Budget will rise again next year.
Britain was forced to contribute £8 billion to bail out the Greek economy under article 122 of the Lisbon Treaty even though we are not part of the euro-zone. This money could be lost if Greek defaults on the loan. We have also lent a similar amount to Ireland. That is another large sum which could instead be used to offset the debt.
The EU’s European Court of Justice (ECJ) over-rides the Parliament, Government and courts in Britain. This Court has made judgements on trade union rights, collective bargaining and right to strike. Click for further information
EU Directives are the direct cause of the privatisation of the railways and postal services. Since 1972 there have been 17,000 directives and regulations.
The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) has been an unmitigated environmental disaster. See Fishing Industry Murdered by Brussels
The Common Agricultural policy gobbles up most ot the EU Budget and is a transfer from our pockets into rich farmers bank accounts.
Most laws are made in Brussels not Westminster. Neither are these laws made by the so called virtually powerless European Parliament in which we only have 10% of the votes anyway.
90% of those making laws for us are not accountable to the electorate in Britain. Britain has less than 10% of the votes in the Council of Ministers and 0% in the unelected Commission—Commissioners are banned from representing their national electorates.
The very costly Private Finance Initiative (PFI) was imposed by the previous Labour government and now the ConDem Coalition is to keep government borrowing off the books because of EU imposed limits on government borrowing.
The 3% of GDP deficit rule and the 60% of GDP debt rule are imposed by the EU’s Growth and Stability Pact. When the NHS was introduced Britain's debt was in the order of 230% of GDP!