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Boris Johnson Insist UK Will Not Apply For EU Emergency Fund

Mr Lowe said: “As it stands in transition we currently have the worst of both worlds. Fully paying members, but with no influence whatsoever. We pay millions of pounds every day and get a minuscule amount of that back.

Boris Johnson has refused to send in an application for a fund from the European Union’s emergency coronavirus fund. The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson could have claimed from the £727 million pot to spend on backing the NHS during the pandemic.

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The Brussels emergency fund was originally created to offer support to member nation who are involved in any form of natural disasters, like earthquakes and flood, but it has now been extended to take care of the health emergency that is caused by the pandemic.

Currently, the richest nations among the EU, like France, Germany and Italy, as well as accession candidate Albania have all applied to access the fund, as a recent report shows that the European Commission has received about 22 applications already.

Following the Prime Minister’s EU Withdrawal Agreement, the UK agreed to finance its existing obligations to the bloc’s budget for 2020 – including the EU Solidarity Fund. A Government request for cash could have helped claw back much of the estimated £87 million paid into the fund by UK taxpayers.

A Government spokeswoman said: “The UK Government has not made any applications to the EU Solidarity Fund in response to COVID-19.”

Boris Johnson’s leadership is most resolute that it would not apply for EU grants after Britain exited the bloc earlier this year.

Former Brexit Party MEP Rupert Lowe said Leavers would have no problem with Mr Johnson reclaiming taxpayers’ cash from Brussels.

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Mr Lowe said: “As it stands in transition we currently have the worst of both worlds. Fully paying members, but with no influence whatsoever. We pay millions of pounds every day and get a minuscule amount of that back.

“I see no issue in reclaiming British taxpayers’ money to help the country recover. Let the loony Remainers moan about it. They will continue to play politics, but we need to focus on getting the country back on its feet.”

Alice Campbell for SurgeZirc UK
Alice Campbell for SurgeZirc UK
Alice Campbell is a highly skilled and experienced royal writer, currently working with SurgeZirc UK. With a passion for journalism and a keen interest in the royal family, Alice has established herself as a prominent figure in the field.
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