Anne Main calls for any payment made to the EU by the UK as part of Brexit to be properly accounted for

4th September 2018

Following the Government statement on the Brexit negotiations and no deal contingency plan, Anne Main calls for any payment made to the EU by the UK as part of Brexit to be properly accounted for so we know exactly how it is allocated and spent.

In his remarks on a no deal scenario, my right hon. Friend said that while we are mindful of our legal obligations, there would be a swifter end to our financial contributions to the EU. For my sins, I have spent the summer in my office trying to find more detail about the EU budgetary spend and what exactly the EU has been doing with taxpayers’ money. If we get into a position of no deal, could there be some degree of oversight? I am not prepared to write a cheque just because the EU says that we owe a certain amount if we are unaware of exactly how that money has been allocated and spent.

My hon. Friend is absolutely right to be scrutinising line by line how UK and other European countries’ taxpayers’ money is spent. We have been very clear that there is no deal until we get the whole deal—and, of course, that includes the money.

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Anne Main speaking in the House of Commons, September 2018

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