Letter full of ifs and buts

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So the Labour leader of Hartlepool Borough Council has put his name to a letter to support the UK staying in the EU.

A letter full of ifs, buts and suppositions, and not one word of fact to justify the comments.

This is the man who oversaw the council when it scrapped its planning blueprint for the town which cost £1.5million and took five years to create.

And the buying of the tin shed on the marina, which nobody knows what will happen to.

And he wants to tell people how to vote. Right.

He also quotes the black hole of the funding we receive from the EU.

This is, of course, a stupid argument as the funding we get is only a fraction of the money we put in.

In 2015, the UK Government paid £13billion to the EU budget, and EU spending on the UK was £4.5billion.

So the UK’s “net contribution” was estimated at about £8.5billion.

Which means if we left the EU we would have an extra 8.5billion to spend on, as he puts it, “extra homes and protect our homes from flooding.”

The truth about how much we actually contribute may never be known.

Apart from the figures above, it is claimed that the UK’s membership fee is £55million a day.

This comes from the £20billion annual UK payment to EU institutions listed in the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) Pink Book.

Mike Hanley,

Wethers Nook,

Hartlepool.