Addressing corruption fear

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In response to ‘Investigation must take place’, I want to thank M Coleman for raising their concerns. I would like to take the time to address those concerns.

It appears that Vote Leave has succeeded in propagating the myth that the UK contributes £350m a week to the EU.

This figure has already been rubbished by the ONS and labelled highly misleading.

In fact, Britain’s contribution to the EU is £134m a week, as confirmed by the ONS and the independent fact-checking organisation FullFact.org.

After exports are taken into account, the EU actually boosts the UK economy by £4.2bn a week.

In the South East, the EU is a net contributor to the economy. Membership is worth £347m a week to the region according to official HRMC figures.

It is also worth noting that the claim that EU accounts haven’t been signed off is another myth enthusiastically repeated by Leave campaigners.

The claim has been debunked by the BBC and FullFact.org. EU accounts are regularly signed off every year.

Finally, when talking about corruption, the UK has a shameful record of tackling corporate misdeeds.

It is simply not true, unfortunately, to state that UK authorities come down on corrupt organisations ‘like a ton of bricks’.

However, Greens MEPS in Europe are fighting to make this the case.

It was the EU that enforced caps on bankers bonuses after the banking crisis and it is Greens MEPs that are pushing for an EU-wide investigation into shadowy tax affairs following the Panama Papers revelations.

Keith Taylor MEP

European Parliament

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