A DISGRUNTLED Leaver has reminded the next Prime Minister exactly why Britain must deliver Brexit.
James Gray, 34, from Dagenham has championed the huge opportunities the UK’s exit from the European Union can provide to millions of Britons up and down the country. The Tory voter said Brexit would enable to UK to save billions by no longer sending money to the EU and instead spend it on “people that really need the money”. The 34-year-old Tree Surgeon said the vast sums on taxpayers’ cash that would be saved can help to fund the NHS and the emergency services.
Mr Gray told Express.co.uk: “I think it will be better for the UK that we leave because all the money that we do send to the EU can come back and help the homeless, NHS, care homes, people that really need the money, emergency services, things like that.”
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in 2018 the UK’s net contribution to the EU budget was £11 billion.
In its annual report released last month, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) estimated €4 billion of EU funds were misspent last year.
This included an astonishing £100,000 on restocking EU chiefs wine cellar and £85,000 on a relaxation armchair.
The ECA estimated of the €155 EU budget – an average of 2.6 percent of EU expenses were irregular, up from 2.4 percent on the previous year.
The president of the ECA, Klaus-Heiner Lehne, said the irregularities detected were not a reason for big concern and were mostly caused by complex payment rules.
The general election on December 12 is the first to be held in the 12th month of the year since 1923 and Mr Gray said he would be backing Boris Johnson.
The Labour Party currently hold a majority of 4,652 in the Dagenham and Rainham seat following the 2017 snap election.
The east London constituency is likely to be a big target for Mr Johnson who will be looking to gain support from Labour Leave voters, disillusioned at Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit strategy.
In the 2016 EU referendum the Barking and Dagenham constituency voted 62.4 percent in favour of leaving the EU.
The Labour Party has adopted a neutral position on Brexit, Mr Corbyn has said the party will negotiate a credible leave deal and then give the public a vote, with an option to remain, within six months.
Meanwhile Britain’s exit from the European Union could once again be sabotaged after the Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party agreed to work together at the general election.
The ‘Remain-alliance’ formed by the group Unite to Remain say they will target up to 60 constituencies across England and Wales – offering a single vote to Remain.
Heidi Allen, chairwoman of Unite To Remain and previously MP for South Cambridgeshire, said the cross-party arrangement is “unprecedented in modern British political history”.
In total, the Lib Dems will stand in 43 constituencies, the Greens will stand in 10 and Plaid Cymru will stand in seven.
Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson said she is “delighted” about the agreement, adding that it is a “significant moment for all people who want to support Remain candidates across the country”.