Figures showing that the European Union lost an estimated £675m to fraud last year is 675m more reasons why the UK should leave, said UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott today.
“ The fact that the figure lost is only 0.6% of the EU budget demonstrates how monstrously huge and bloated the bloc has become and this situation will only get worse,” said Mr Arnott, North East Euro MP.
Details from the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) show that many of the 1,400 bogus claims investigated were from the poorer countries of Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary.
“It is all very well saying that the payments to dishonest claimants has fallen by £10m compared to the previous year, it is still a lot of taxpayers money.
“And everyone knows that Turkey is beating on the gates to join the club adding another 77m people who will also be eligible for funds and have the freedom to come here,” said Mr Arnott, UKIP’s EU Budget spokesman.
“The bigger the EU becomes, with its seemingly insatiable expansionist plans, the greater the risk of fraud. “