Money, money, money
Membership of the European Union will cost every man, woman and child in Britain £873 next year, according to research published yesterday.
The Bruges Group, a Eurosceptic think-tank, estimated that the combined direct and indirect costs in 2007 will amount to £100,000 a minute, or £52.4 billion - about £2 billion more than this year.
This includes a direct gross contribution of £14.2 billion (£4.7 billion net after rebates and grants), payments of £2.2 billion to European institutions, £15 billion for the Common Agricultural Policy, £1 billion for the Common Fisheries Policy, and £20 billion in the additional costs to business of regulations emanating from Brussels.
The study reckons that Britain has given nearly £200 billion to the EU since joining what was then the EEC in 1973. The Bruges Group said that if the Government wished to debunk the figures it should produce its own cost-benefit analysis, something it has never done.
I work all night, I work all day, to pay the bills I have to pay
Ain't it sad
And still there never seems to be a single penny left for me
That's too bad
In my dreams I have a plan....