Martin Daubney hits out at EU for ‘preposterous wastage’
Brexit Unlocked’s Martin Daubney and Ben Habib spoke to former Brexit Party MEP Rupert Lowe about the amount of money that was “wasted” by MEPs. Mr Daubney said: “Also on the monetary waste because I used to go along to your committee meetings report and Ben because I just wanted to forget these facts and create mischief.
“I found out that every single MEP is allowed £25,000 per month to spend on staff.
“Both in Strasbourg, Brussels and 25 grand a month per MEP, right?”
Mr Lowe, a former member of the Committee on Budget in the European Parliament, added: “It’s actually worse than that margin because if you don’t spend it you can carry it forward and spend it on the last year if you want to.”
Mr Daubney continued: “Absolutely preposterous wastage and things like the eat all you can buffet 12 euros for unlimited lobster.
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“They call it the to the stone term where people put it on to stone as MEP because I mean that they were living a large lifestyle.”
Mr Habib added: “It was designed for that, it was designed to subdue any opposition to the European Union.”
It comes as the EU’s bid to override part of the Northern Ireland protocol on Brexit was “a mistake that shouldn’t have happened”, Ireland’s Foreign Minister said.
On Friday night the EU was forced into an embarrassing U-turn after invoking Article 16 of the protocol in a bid to control the flow of vaccines from the bloc.
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The decision was swiftly reversed following condemnation from London, Dublin and Belfast.
Speaking on Monday, Simon Coveney said the protocol should not have been touched without consulting the British and Irish governments.
He said: “I think it was a mistake that everybody recognises should not have happened.
“I mean in simple terms, you do not touch the protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland without full consultation with the people who are most impacted by it.
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“The Irish government, the British government, and, perhaps most importantly, political leaders in Northern Ireland.
“That’s what happened on Friday, which should not have happened. And I think lessons have been learned as a result of that, and it certainly won’t happen again.”
Mr Coveney conceded that the incident had strengthened Unionist opposition to the protocol, which is designed to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland.
He told RTE’s Today with Claire Byrne: “Arlene Foster has recognised that while she doesn’t like the protocol, she wants to focus on trying to make it work in a practical way for businesses in Northern Ireland.
“I think that approach is welcomed. Obviously, in recent days she’s under pressure to criticise the protocol.”
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