How much do we give the EU, and how much do we get back?


The UK gave the EU €14.5bn in 2013 (in cash rather than any other kind or benefit), and directly got back €6.3bn.

Half of that €6.3bn EU expenditure on the UK (€3.1bn) was given to UK farmers to subsidise food production.

We also received €1.1bn in research grants, an amount second only to what Germany received for research grants.

Below is a graph showing how much money we got directly from the EU (expenditure) and how much we have contributed since 2007.

The UK consistently contributes more than we receive as we are one of the richest nations in the EU.

But here’s the important caveat…

This graph only takes into account money we get back directly, and doesn’t include the value of other things the UK benefits from, such as the European Court of Justice, trade with the EU, and the wide range of other benefits associated with EU membership.


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