We are paying for European Union 'aid'

Sir – It’s a pity that a recently-delivered Witney Labour Party leaflet should have spoiled an otherwise proficient document by stating they are “fighting for more investment from the EU in the South East and to protect local jobs”.

Does the writer not realise that European Union aid is paid for from British taxes?

What is available in ‘aid’ is less than the amount paid in the first place due to greater relative amounts paid to less well-off nations and the overheads in running the scheme and the EU itself.

There is an outrageous waste in the process, so much so, that the European Court of Auditors has for the last 18 years been unable to sign off the EU’s accounts.

Where is the benefit – why doesn’t Labour just push to have EU payments scrapped and distribute the monies in ways we decide?

And if Labour is so concerned with protecting local jobs, why do they support unlimited freedom of movement?

The truth is that their mass immigration policy is designed to please their corporate backers and a low wage economy.

No wonder the Institute for Fiscal Studies is predicting that those born in the 1960s and 1970s are likely to be no better off in retirement than their predecessors – unless they inherit.

David Barnby, New Yatt Road, Witney

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