Michael Gove is this morning (Sunday) asked to correct his claim that the UK’s EU Budget Rebate will be sacrificed if we decide to stay as full members of the EU.
Ian Murray MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“Michael Gove claimed in Saturday’s Daily Mail that if the UK did not leave the EU we would be forced to surrender our Budget rebate. Michael is a clever man so he will know that is simply false. Britain has an absolute veto on any attempt to remove the Budget Rebate.
“The Budget Rebate is covered by the EU’s ‘Own Resources Decision’ document which can only be changed by a unanimous decision. As France’s Europe minister Nathalie Loiseau made clear earlier this year, if we decide to stay we keep all our current rights and privileges.
“He has spoken before about his regrets for some of the tone of the Vote Leave campaign, even admitting his own sense of unease about the claims made over the likelihood of Turkey joining the EU and the false prospect of millions of migrants arriving in the UK from that country. He has an opportunity on Andrew Marr’s programme this morning to withdraw this new claim about the rebate.
“Indeed, a little over two years ago Penny Mordaunt used the same programme to make the false claim that the UK had no veto over Turkey’s accession to the EU. That was a low moment in politics and I know that Michael Gove understands the damage these kind of claims inflict on public debate and trust in politics. He has the chance to put that right this morning. He should take it.”
Notes to Editors
The Own Resources Decision: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=celex%3A32014D0335