Something that our politicians will not provide as they always respond that the benefits are obvious.
Thanks to Gerard Batten, Ukip MEP, we do have the latest cost/benefit analysis available which he does every two years. The latest can be viewed here.
A few facts to whet the appetite:
The total EU Budget for 2000-2006 was 650.69 billion euros. The budget for 2007-2013 will be an estimated 866.31 billion euros - a rise of more than 33%
Britain's net contribution to the budget period 2000-2006 was £21.3 billion. Our estimated net contribution for 2007-2013 will be over £42 billion - a staggering rise of more than 97%
If we add the net contribution to the budget (after the UK rebate and regional aid) and the indirect costs for 2010, we get a total of £77 billion. This equates to £6.4 billion per month; £1.5 billion per week; £211 million per day; £8.8 million per hour and £146,499 per minute. This equates to £1,246 for every man, woman and child in the UK or £2,516 for every taxpayer in the UK.
As Gerard Batten says:
"My position is very clear: if my findings are inaccurate then let the Government commission an independent cost-benefit analysis and prove me wrong. If Britain benefits from EU membership then let those that advocate it prove it.Seems a reasonable challenge to me - what say you, Mr. Cameron?
In my view membership of the EU is an economic and democratic disaster and that the only solution for Britain is unconditional withdrawal."
Update: People want transparency - Here is access to Gerard Batten's salary and expenses - this is a man who turned down an increase of £19,000 per annum!