Photo: Paul Nuttall

A report claiming to show that if the UK left the EU it could knock billions off our economy is nothing but a propaganda exercise, said local UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall.

The report was prepared by Bertlesmann Foundation which Mr Nuttall, deputy party leader, described as “a German-financed load of euro-federalists” and he said the report was “a stitch up.”

“What else could one expect from an organisation which hires ex-eurocrats and runs a headline across its website proclaiming ‘The United Citizens of Europe?'”


“At the top of Bertlesmann Foundation is its board of trustees, and one of them is former European Commissioner Viviane Reding. Last year she called for a full United States of Europe.

“Even our own pro-EU foreign office has described her as ‘an unrepentant federalist’ with ‘no understanding of the EU’s deep flaws.'”


Mr Nuttall added, “One of the two authors of the report is Ulrich Schoof, who used to work for the European Commission and also for the European Parliament.

“We can hardly be surprised that the ‘proof’ this ex-eurocrat offers that leaving the EU would be a blow to the British economy is a slim eight pages long. Serious studies in Britain on the effects of Brexit run to hundreds of pages. Many of these studies show that Brexit could lead to increased UK prosperity.”


“Who do you think you are kidding, Mrs Reding?” he queried.


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