Transfers to EU jump by £1bn

Julian Harris
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BRITAIN’S contribution to Brussels appears to have risen by nearly £1bn last year, according to Office for National Statistics (ONS) data released yesterday.

The ONS’s balance of payments records, known as the Pink Book, showed debits to EU bodies rose to £19.18bn from £18.23bn. The data can include private sector transfers, but the ONS said the majority would “most likely” be taxpayer cash.

UKIP pounced on the report, calling the number “astonishing”.