Umunna – New figures on UK’s EU budget contribution show you shouldn’t believe everything you read on the side of a bus

Britain’s contribution to the EU budget is less than half the £350 million figure used by the Vote Leave campaign.

New figures show the UK’s net contribution has fallen to its lowest level for five years, at just £8.1bn in 2016-17 – or about £156m a week.

Commenting, Chuka Umunna MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“These figures show that you shouldn’t believe everything you read on the side of a bus or that you hear from Boris Johnson’s mouth. The UK’s contribution to the EU budget was less than half the £350m a week claimed by Leave campaigners.

“Those people who voted to quit the EU because they thought leaving the EU would deliver a cash boost for the NHS are going to be left disappointed. Brexit will mean less, not more, money for our public services.” 

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Notes to editors:

The new figures are reported here: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/uk-eu-divorce-bill-half-pay-brexit-leave-campaign-referendum-350-million-brussels-a7881286.html