Spare a thought for our EU-funded aristocracy

The EU pays vast sums of money to Britain’s richest landowners.


Topics Brexit Politics UK

‘Boris Johnson and his billionaire friends’ won’t be affected by a No Deal Brexit, claims Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in a video on social media. (The first version of the video denounced Boris’s millionaire friends, but this was changed after Twitter users drew attention to Corbyn’s estimated net worth of £3million.)

In fact, the biggest losers from Brexit could be the super-rich and the aristocracy, as the UK’s biggest landowners also happen to be the biggest recipients of farming subsidies from the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy.

A 2016 investigation by Greenpeace revealed that some of the biggest recipients of EU grants that year included Queen Elizabeth (£557,707) and the UK’s youngest billionaire, the Duke of Westminster (£437,434). Other aristocrats earning hundreds of thousands of pounds from the EU – just because they own farmland – included the Earl of Moray and the Earl of Plymouth. Billionaire Brexiteer Sir James Dyson was also among the top 100 recipients of EU farm money.

And it is not just the British aristocracy who could lose out from EU largesse in future: Prince Khalid Abdullah al-Saud of Saudi Arabia and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum of the UAE are among the biggest earners in Britain. So too is the Mormon Church.

Yes, some subsidies go to small farmers. But as the Greenpeace investigation discovered, the top 100 landowners earned more in 2016 than the bottom 55,119 recipients in the scheme combined.

If we ever leave the EU, these grotesque handouts for the wealthy could finally end.

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James Knight

9th August 2019 at 5:27 pm

Tip to remoaners: if you are going to lie, stick to the same lie. One moment we will be flooded by cheap imported food, the next food price inflation will rocket.

Jerry Owen

9th August 2019 at 4:42 pm

Don’t forget the BBC’s little earner !

Neil McCaughan

9th August 2019 at 2:46 pm

Not forgetting £90,000 a year to that wretch Heseltine. Oddly, the BBC never asks him about that before he launches into one of his moronic anti-Brexit rants.

Linda Payne

9th August 2019 at 1:36 pm

The real reason the elite want to stop Brexit, the rich will lose out, we don’t have austerity we have theft

Stephen J

9th August 2019 at 9:20 am

To say nothing of the criminal handouts at the expense of the poor consumer of electricity, to these undeserving hangers on, as they spend the humungous grants for the use of their land for bird slaughtering wind turbines.

Hana Jinks

9th August 2019 at 1:49 am

She gets driven around in a £400 billion gold buggy, and is worth over £1 trillion. They’re German. She’s married to one of the architects of the climate-hoax.

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