I kicked things off early on Tuesday morning in the Budgetary Control Committee with the news that the EU had misspent more than €4 billion of EU taxpayers money in 2018. No other British parties bothered to turn up to the important meeting so it was left to me to defend the interest of British taxpayers and lead the criticisms of the European Court of Auditors report. The video of the speech I gave there has already reached 200,000 views, which not only shows the way social media is revolutionising politics but also illustrates the crucial role the Brexit Party and its MEPs are doing in revealing the facts on the ground in Brussels.
The complex 340-page report—which we only received 24 hours before the meeting—was filled with examples of gross misspending. I also learnt that the court itself was stuffed with former MEPs. Hardly appropriate.
One glaring highlight was the fact that the EU’s €9.5 billion ‘Global Europe’ budget was not even audited correctly because the Court hadn’t bothered to examine enough transactions to give a qualified opinion. I also learnt that an entire €885million budget pot couldn’t be audited at all because the money was given to countries where the EU had no right to investigate. Even more foreign aid being frittered away in a totally unaccountable manner.
We’re often portrayed as the outlier in the EU, but rest assured that others are looking towards the exit door of the EU too. A number of MEPs from other countries have told me on the sly that they are watching developments closely, while one MEP, who shall remain nameless, went as far as to tell me outside the Parliament chamber that he and his colleagues were “waiting for the UK to show the way”.
This is why Messrs Barnier and Juncker have sought to trap the UK in a highly restrictive, costly new European Treaty. They are terrified of the example that our success outside of the EU straight-jacket would set.
Brexit Party MEPs are playing an important role in ensuring the voice of Brexiteers continues to be heard. Our Chairman, Richard Tice, demonstrated this at the opening of the Brussels plenary session on Wednesday afternoon when he was the first to pass on the news that David Sassoli, the Italian President of the EU Parliament, had held “fruitful discussions” with Speaker Bercow in private on avoiding a no-deal Brexit. Another shameless example of the establishment closing ranks.
For a few hours on Wednesday night, the EU Parliament turned into what the House of Commons chamber could soon resemble as a debate held there saw Brexit Party face off against pro-EU Lib Dem and Labour representatives in the chamber.
Heated exchanges ensued until Nigel Farage gave one Lib Dem MEP both barrels for having the gall to say that Leave voters didn’t know what they were voting for. It still amazes me how any politician can think it is ever a good idea to insult the intelligence of the electorate.
Sensing that the boss was on fire, the chair of the debate then forbade another two MEPs from questioning Nigel in the chamber, despite saying just moments before that she would. Typical. Don’t worry though, the Brexit Party will keep going to secure a clean break from the EU.
Michael Heaver is Brexit Party MEP for the East of England constituency. He will be writing weekly bulletins from Brussels corridors of power on Express.co.uk every week.
AS WE approach the end of October, the battle for Brexit is entering a crucial stage and my Brexit Party colleagues and I were in Brussels again this week, where we continue to stand up for the pro-Leave majority in the country.
I kicked things off early on Tuesday morning in the Budgetary Control Committee with the news that the EU had misspent more than €4 billion of EU taxpayers money in 2018. No other British parties bothered to turn up to the important meeting so it was left to me to defend the interest of British taxpayers and lead the criticisms of the European Court of Auditors report.
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