EU rules

Your money pays to torture chickens.

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Depending on whose figures you take, the Treasury or the EU, the UK gross contribution to the EU is either £10.2 billion or £12.4 billion a year. Yes we get some back but the EU tells us what we can spend it on.

We pay MEPs huge salaries, expenses and pensions and Commissioners get a settlement of about £1.1 million upon leaving office see here. The finances haven't been passed off for the 14th year running, many millions are spent on propaganda and if a country is lucky enough to be given a referendum they always have to vote again when they vote NO.

Almost half the total EU budget is spent on the Common Agricultural Policy. So, we are spending over £5 billion a year yet unable to enforce even the most basic welfare standards. We have to comply with the EU because of the free movement rules.

EU law, which comes into force in 2010, allows chickens to be stocked at up to 19-21 birds per square metre which represents severe overcrowding. In addition, the EU law doesn’t cover the issue of fast-growing breeds, which causes millions of to chickens to suffer from lameness and die from heart and lung failure each year.

To come in line with the EU, Defra is planning to abandon its previous recommended maximum density of 15-17 chickens per square metre and instead increase the maximum permitted density to either 18-19 chickens per square metre or even up to 19-21 chickens per square metre. See here.

What happens to the rest of your money? Well, some to graft, some to corruption and, relative to population the largest recipient of EU funds is Luxembourg.