PRIME MINISTER FIELDS QUESTIONS ON THE EU “DEPARTURE DIVIDEND”

The Prime Minister at the dispatch box in the House of Commons this afternoon

In the House of Commons today the Prime Minister Theresa May has been answering questions about the government’s Brexit negotiations with the European Council – and found herself having to answer what was virtually the same question twice. 

Peter Bone (Conservative Wellingborough)

The first came from Peter Bone (Conservative Wellingborough)  who said ” I think the whole country will welcome the agreement that the Conservative and Unionist Party has done with the DUP.  The Prime Minister in her statement referred to the Brexit dividend of over 10 billion  pounds that we will save when we are not in the European superstate and I welcome the half-a-billion pounds a year going to Northern Ireland .  Is that sort of the funding that the Prime Minister thinks will happen in the rest of the United Kingdom ?”

The Prime Minister responds to Peter Bone MP

The Prime Minister replied. “What I can say to the honourable gentleman is that we do have to look at how we are going to use money that we will no longer be sending to the European Union. People voted for us not to be sending vast sums every year to the EU.   We will have to look at how we will use that, and one of the  aspects that we have already proposed here on this side of the house is this concept of a “Shared Prosperity Fund”  which will be removing disparities between different parts of the UK

Stephen Doughty (Labour Cardiff South and Penarth)

However no sooner had Mrs May completed her answer to Peter Bone, than Stephen Doughty (Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth) stood up to ask an almost identical question.

He asked . “Did the Prime Minister have a chance to discuss transitional funding arrangements for Wales at the European Council because surely she is going to have to have something to say to the people of Wales who now feel they’re being treated like second class citizens  in the United Kingdom but she can magic up billions [sic]  for Northern Ireland  but won’t  give a guarantee for Wales on future funding?”

The Prime Minister said all parts of the UK would benefit from not having to send billions to the EU

[In  fact the deal with the DUP provides not “billions” – as Doughty wrongly alleged – but a total of 1 billion in extra funding to Northern Ireland over 2 years. It was Bone’s figures which were correct.]

The Prime Minister replied. “We’ve already been very clear on various aspects of funding from the European Union in relation to funding for farmers and  guarantees that we’ve given over a period of years for that but we want to make sure that when we have money that comes back from the European Union  that we’re no longer giving to the European Union that we are able to spend that money in a way that is as effective as possible in driving improvements here across the whole of the United Kingdom.”

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8 Responses to PRIME MINISTER FIELDS QUESTIONS ON THE EU “DEPARTURE DIVIDEND”

  1. Louise C says:

    Brexit dividend? I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • Philip Rapier says:

      For a woman wot advokates grammer skules educashun like wot she had and a compulsory GCSE in fox-hunting , bear baiting and pit-bull grooming this is a very long sentuns. I think I kan kount 80 werds and no commers.

      Mrs. May has used European Union 3 times in the sentence below and it appears has no idea how to use either the indefinite article or pronoun.
      I have just returned from a visit to Iceland. A bi-lingual (English /Icelandic) Nation where the average 10 year old has the ability to be more eloquent in our language than Vote-less Tess our less than strong, unstable P.M.

      The Prime Minister replied. “We’ve already been very clear on various aspects of funding from the European Union in relation to funding (sic) for farmers and guarantees that we’ve given over a period of years for that but we want to make sure that when we have money that comes back from the European Union (sic) that we’re no longer giving to the European Union (sic) that we are able to spend that money (sic) in a way that is as effective as possible in driving improvements here (sic) across the whole of the United Kingdom.”

  2. Anne Greagsby says:

    Disgrace giving this money to the corrupt and backward DUP. There are only 1.86 million people in NI so this £1bn equates to around £550 per head. Northern Ireland in 2015-16 received £26bn of public spending. That’s £14,020 of public spending per head of the province’s population. This was more than a fifth higher than the UK-wide average of £11,579. The region receives more per head than Scotland or Wales. Departure dividend, huh, believe it when I see it…or perhaps it will all go to NI from Theresa Mays orange money tree.

  3. hopenotnasty says:

    Magic money tree found. This money would have been helpful for our NHS, Police, Fire Service etc, across the U.K. Instead it is a bribe to keep Mrs May in power but for how long?

  4. Lm says:

    Open your ears Doughty!

  5. Colin Fowler says:

    “…there isn’t a magic money tree that we can shake that suddenly provides for everything that people want”. Theresa May, 25 days ago, explaining to a nurse why her pay packet hasn’t increased since 2009. Oh yeah?

  6. Ford Prefect says:

    Anyone who thinks leaving the EU will suddenly reap masses of free cash is a bit deluded. A large part of the reason we are in the EU is because of the financial benefits of having free trade with the world’s biggest economy. Leaving the EU will remove that benefit, and the economy with contract accordingly. The £350million or whatever figure the rightwing Brextemists happen to make up at the time will never appear.

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