RAYMOND Knight (Letters, October 15) claims that “this country gives the EU £63 million each day”.
Happily, EU Budget Financial Reports give a different picture. According to the government whip’s office in Westminster, the UK’s gross annual contribution to the EU in 2013 was 17,068 million euros. That suggests around £33 million per day, or £190 per Brit per annum.
Interestingly, of the nine EU member states making net contributions, the UK’s was the lowest. (The French, for example, paid the equivalent of £254 pppa and the Danes, the most, at £372).
But, of course, as Bishop Michael Bourke argues ('EU unites us', Letters, October 22): we should value the EU for other reasons than money alone.
Elton, Nr Ludlow