Brexit: Former Ukip MEP Steven Woolfe blasts EU expenses 'hypocrisy'

EU expenses: MEP Steven Woolfe blasts 'hypocrisy' of European Commission

Woolfe didn't hold back in an interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer

Thursday, August 10, 2017

A Eurosceptic MEP has condemned the hypocrisy of the European Union after the release of expense forms from the bloc.

The EU is facing a potential scandal over expenses after it admitted senior officials had claimed tens of thousands of pounds for private jets and luxury hotels. 

Among the officials named in the figures is Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, who claimed a total of £24,450 for a private plane to Rome.

Steven Woolfe, an MEP who was previously a member of Ukip, said "no one in their right mind" would have believed this wouldn't happen in the EU, and blasted the "hypocrisy" of the officials.

He told Julia Hartley-Brewer: “It’s incredible arrogance. They believe they’re political royalty who should be looked up to.

"[The EU is] one of the most wasteful institutions in the world. It never has the accounts signed off, the auditors are constantly pointing out waste. 

"When you think about it in terms of Brexit, the expenses will carry on for the next two years and the EU has the cheek to say we’ll pay for this for the next two years? Good thing we’re getting out."

Woolfe continued by saying there'll never be major change in the EU as "there’ll never be any shame with them. They will pontificate by saying they’ll attack big tax dodgers across Europe but not tax the biggest abuse - the low taxation of their own wages and that of their staff in Brussels.

“The hypocrisy sits there, as well as the fact as they love getting it in any way they can and they just enjoy the lifestyle."

Woolfe also condemned the attacks he and other Brexiteers have suffered over recent months.

“I think it’s part and parcel of what’s happened to politics over the last few years," he said. 

"I think it’s disgraceful, anyone involved in trying to attack people who’ve put their head over the parapet should face the full force of our laws against them.

"I’ve been there myself. I’ve been abused, I’ve been there with Nigel Farage when he’s been attacked in a restaurant by people. This shouldn’t happen in our country.

“There’s lots of people out there who’ve been ignoring this for some time. As soon as we’ve seen the nastiness that occurred, for other people, they start saying we need to make change.

“We can’t allow people from any side to attack those involved in politics or supporting a different view, because that’s against our democratic culture."


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