This is, literally, a random UK tax bill (shared last week on social media) – showing how taxes are allocated.
Now, spot the EU contribution…
And here is the thing – outside the EU, many others of these expenditures would increase:
- Health costs would increase as reciprocal arrangements, generally advantageous to UK taxpayers since the British spend more time in other EU states than vice-versa, would likely be withdrawn;
- Education costs would rise as Erasmus opportunities and other exchanges became more limited (ask any Norwegian about that);
- Defence costs would rise as it became harder to form mutual arrangements under common regulatory frameworks, notably key ones with France;
- Public Order and Safety costs would increase as data sharing inevitably became more limited;
- Culture would become more expensive and cultural exchange became trickier;
- Business costs would increase (no doubt with some government assistance required) to overcome tariffs now introduced with our largest export market – this would likely also see utility costs rise;
- Government administration would increase as functions currently pooled with 27 other states (not least negotiating overall trade deals) had to be managed by one alone;
- … and this is all before we get to the point that the average household would have less to contribute in tax because the cost of imports would have risen.
“Brexit” would cost. Be in no doubt about it.