West Midlands UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge launched another broadside at the EU following the release of figures from the Regional Development Committee on which he sits.
The accounts show that between 2008 and 2015, the UK was awarded interim payments of just €4.3bn, in comparison to Poland who received a whopping €48bn. Estonia, a country of little more than 1.3 million people, saw investments in excess of €21bn.
The Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is designed to harmonise economies throughout the EU, but severely penalises the UK. France and Germany, the two other largest contributors, received €6.7bn and €13.6bn respectively.
Mr Etheridge, who is also a Councillor for Sedgley, insisted “If ever any more proof was needed as to the appalling deal the UK receives, this is it.
“It provides yet another reason why Poland want the keep the EU as it is. These are the countries David Cameron is going to need onside in any renegotiations.
“It simply is not in their interest to have anything change.
“This is irrefutable evidence of the huge disparity of the benefits in belonging to the EU. It clearly shows that the UK would be better off out!”