European Union is ‘new communism’ says Nigel Farage in 2013
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And the Government also risks being taken to court if it fails to display plaques paying tribute to Brussels for any money paid to projects receiving EU money as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural Fund. Jayne Adye, director of the pro-Brexit Get Britain Out campaign, made her startling revelation after submitting a Freedom of Information request to the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG).
The response indicated there were no plans to remove EU plaques from any previously completed infrastructure projects.
Furthermore, the MHCLG confirmed Britain would need to continue to put up more such signs in respect of completed schemes for at least the next two years – or face legal action.
Ms Adye said: “As an independent sovereign nation, we should be promoting our own investments in local infrastructure, through the much anticipated ‘levelling-up agenda’, not continuing to promote the EU spending and controlling UK taxpayers’ money.
“The requirement for the UK to continue to plaster infrastructure in this country with EU propaganda after we have left the EU is ridiculous.”
Any money spent on such projects in the UK was British taxpayers’ money and should not have “strings attached”, Ms Adye stressed.
She added: “The very idea that even after we have left the EU, we are still bound by EU regulations, makes a mockery of the idea we are now ‘a free and independent nation’.
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“If the EU is successful in issuing any ridiculous fines for the removal of this propaganda, then the UK Government should go ahead with removing this advertising and deduct any fines from the so-called ‘Divorce Bill’ the EU is demanding.
“A failure to do so will simply embolden the EU to keep racking up their fines and attempting to bleed the UK dry.”
The situation was another example of how the UK was still kowtowing to Brussels, Ms Adye claimed.
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She said: “Just as with Northern Ireland and our agreements on fishing, we are in great need of fresh momentum in our push to end EU control over this country.
“We have had some great successes, but there is still a long way to go.”
Britain has consistently tried to act in good faith towards the EU, for example with Lord David Frost’s plain-speaking about the problems presented by the Northern Ireland Protocol yesterday, and with the implementation of the ‘Right to Remain’ promises to EU citizens living in the UK, Ms Adye said.
She continued: “However, in some EU countries, like France for example, UK citizens receive no such courtesies in return and we see our attempts to negotiate dismissed immediately.
“Despite this, Home Secretary, Priti Patel has announced this week we will hand over even more money – another £54 million on top of the £24 million sent to France last year ‘to help with the illegal immigration crisis’ – although I am not sure what the French will be spending this on.
“All this is on top of the nearly £40billion we are continuing to send to the EU until at least 2060 with no evidence we will get anything in return.
“It is about time the UK Government started to dig their heels in across the board or else the EU will continue to walk all over us in their fury we had the temerity to leave their increasingly federal bloc.”
According to the Office for National Statistics, the UK’s net contribution to the EU last year was £20billion.
Thanks to a deal negotiated by former Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s, the Government receives an annual rebate of £4.5billion, with a further £4.5billion coming back in the form of cash for aforementioned infrastructure projects.
Nevertheless, this means Britain was still a net contributor to the tune of around £11billion.
Express.co.uk has contacted the European Commission for comment.
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