EU 'aid' paid for by the UK
JAMES Cole (Letters, February 11) is absolutely correct in his assessment of the UK's relationship with the EU.
However, there are other factors that we should consider.
EU supporters often point to the EU flags attached to notices proclaiming funding for regional development which represent the most visible involvement by the EU in our lives.
However, roughly speaking, for every pound that the UK regions get from the EU the UK taxpayer contributed about £2. Or to put it another way, every pound spent on an EU-funded regeneration project actually cost us in Britain £2. Not such a bargain.
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All of this feeds rather neatly into the question of regional national separatism; Plaid's leader Leanne Wood might want to contemplate this thorny problem as she ponders on "inevitable" independence of Wales if Scotland were to go its own way.
Her salary is subsidised by the UK taxpayer, or more accurately, the English taxpayer. As a unitary state — the United Kingdom — this is justified, but in an island of independent states it isn't.
Regional nationalists like Wood and Alex Salmond would rather not address the possibility that a future EU, post-crisis, might not choose to pick up the tab because whatever happens they, the politicians, would still get paid. The rest of us will get short shrift when resources are scarce.
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