Helen, Your Freedom and Ours, reports on the Independent article of this version by the Daily Telegraph and quoting from the Independent, writes:
"Nice to have those official figures, though we know that HMG will not have a cost/benefit analysis of the country's membership of the EU because, as so many Ministers have pointed out over the years, the benefits are too obvious to need enumeration. Or words to that effect.
One of those benefits is supposed to be trade though why we should lose that if we were outside the EU is a mystery nobody has been able to solve. On the other hand, if we were outside it we might decide not to trade with the rest of that shower anyway." The ONS also revealed that the UK's trade deficit with the EU ballooned from £14.3bn to £46.6bn last year.Well, goodness me, those benefits are all too obvious, are they not?"
The UK Exchequer is further exposed to rescuing distressed members of the eurozone via a small European Commission fund and Britain's contributions to the IMF, which is also helping fund eurozone bailouts. In all, this could amount to around £10bn in rescue loans."
Which is exactly why there never will be a government cost/benefit analysis and for the Treasury, in the Daily Telegraph report, to react with dismay to the increase in payments and say they were working to restrict further rises is totally laughable - just how do they intend to do that?
Cameron may wish the EU would disappear off the political agenda (much as we wish Cameron would disappear off the political scene, taking MiliE and Clegg with him - but again I digress) however it is doing just the opposite - an increase in public awareness aided and abetted, no less, by the EU Commission.
To mis-quote Churchill: both at home and within the EU, never have so few brought so much misery to so many.