BRITISH taxpayers will pay an eye watering £91bn to the EU before the country finally leaves the beleaguered institution.
The UK will pay £91bn to the EU as Brexit negotiations are yet to begin
The shocking figures released to Express.co.uk by the Treasury have hastened calls for the triggering of Article 50 after a UK White Paper highlighted widespread fraud in the failing administration.
Taxpayers are being asked to send £20bn gross to the EU this year alone while the Treasury has committed to sending a further £71bn until 2020.
And astonishingly, according to the Office of Budget responsibility figures, the UK will only get a rebate of £30bn meaning £61bn will be sent to Europe while Britain tries to negotiate its exit
Getty. George Osbourne wasn’t always a remainer and went to a ‘Say No to Europe’ party with Michael Howard
Prime Minister Theresa May this week introduced a self imposed deadline of March next year to trigger Article 50 and only at that point will the negotiations to leave be entered into by Brussels.
But the taxpayer will still be forced to make the payments to Brussels while at the same time public services are crumbling and immigration is at record levels.
All indications show that Britain will not be able to leave the EU until at least 2019 with some projections even leaning towards a decade from now.
Remainer Theresa May will potentially oversee £91bn in payments to Europe
EU leaders like Donald Tusk and Jean Claude Junker have repeatedly made it clear they won’t allow the UK to make a smooth transition out of the crumbling community.
But now it can be revealed that in December last year Chancellor George Osbourne approved a White Paper sent to parliament which detailed widespread “fraud and financial mismanagement.”
Mr Osbourne, a staunch Remain campaigner, dedicated a full chapter in the White Paper relating to the fraud uncovered in the EU but still campaigned for the country to stay anyway.
Amongst this detailed analysis of the “fraud” ongoing in the EU was a section relating to “payments in the fields of external relations, development and humanitarian aid, and measures for EU candidate and accession countries”.
The ex-Chancellor produced a White Paper outlining serious fraud allegations to Parliament
It reveals as much as £6.5 billion each year is being funnelled to “development projects” in more than 150 countries.
The report shows that in 2013 alone there was: “a total of 1,609 irregularities were reported as fraudulent, of which 976 were related to expenditure and 633 were related to revenue.”
Now leading Brexit campaigners are demanding the Chancellor Philip Hammond, another staunch Remain campaigner, uses his muscle to argue at next week’s EU Finance meeting that the UK stop sending funds when large amounts of them are going unaccounted for in fraudulent practices in countries that are not even in the EU.
While the Chancellor has not confirmed his attendance at the Ecofin meeting on October 11, in Jean Claude Junker’s Luxembourg, it has been confirmed the UK will be represented possibly by Chief Secretary David Gauke.
Richard Tice, Chair of Leave Means Leave said: “The billions of pounds of hardworking British taxpayers money that will be sent to the EU over the next few years is an expensive and painful reminder of why voters opted to leave this failed, bloated institution.
Chancellor Philip Hammond will make payments while Boris Johnson campaigned against them
“This money would be far better spent on UK public services than fund the irresponsible spending commitments made by the EU, such as funding corrupt African states.
“That’s why we must hurry up and leave, no later than March 2019.
“The Chancellor must make it clear that, while there are obvious financial obligations the UK has because of its EU membership, we are leaving and they cannot use Britain as a cash cow.”
A spokeswoman for the Chancellor said: “The Government takes the financial management of the EU budget very seriously.
“As before, and until we leave the EU, we will continue to work closely with other national governments to ensure the best possible value for money for British and other European taxpayers from EU spending.”