EURO MP Catherine Bearder has defended the UK’s EU contributions, pointing out the country benefits from investment from the organisation.
The MEP for the south east said the EU spends £15m per day on the UK, and in 2009, spent a total of £5.35bn.
According to information released by the European Commission, the cash was spent on farming, regional development for the nation’s poorest areas, and research and development spending for UK science projects.
Mrs Bearder, a Liberal Democrat MEP, said: ‘Every year the EU invests huge amounts of money in the UK but no one ever hears about it because it’s not reported. Thanks to the European Parliament we can now see exactly how the EU invests £15m every day in the UK. The UK is better off in and would be much poorer if it left the EU. The UK is undoubtedly a net contributor to the EU budget, but that extra money is spent helping poorer economies than ours to develop so they will buy more products from British companies. In the end we get it all back and more. Next time you hear people making wild claims about the EU you can correct them and tell them how we benefit.’