Issue date: Thursday, November 6 2014
West Midlands MEP James Carver says he would rather have Dracula in charge of a blood bank than "the accounting wizards" unable to magic up a balance sheet, who are in charge of the EU’s finances following confirmation that the European Court of Auditors have refused to sign off the EU’s books for the 20th year in succession.
UKIP MEP James Carver says the EU is bleeding taxpayers’ dry and said it was utter hypocrisy to order Britain to hand over an extra £1.7 billion by December 1 when the European Union’s own auditors have failed to once again sign off the books.
The annual report of the European Court of Auditors shows that £5.5 billion of last year’s EU budget was misspent because controls on spending that were deemed to be only “partially effective”.
It also found that £109 billion out of a total of £117 billion spent by the EU in 2013 was “affected by material error.”
Commenting today, West Midlands MEP James Carver, said: “These Eurocrats are bleeding us dry, whilst the EU demands even more money from us when they cannot even keep their own house in order. I would rather have Dracula in charge of a blood bank.
“We are being told we need to stump up an addition £1.7 billion or face hefty fines when the EU is treating our hard earned cash like Monopoly money. Every year the EU’s accounts are not signed off – they must have a pack of ‘get out of jail free’ cards.
“The situation beggars belief. Britain needs to get out of the EU and only UKIP is committed to achieving that aim.”
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