In a major new report that will shame Brussels the Henry Jackson Society calculated the 27 EU members have underspent on defence and foreign aid pledges by a whopping £489 billion.
Experts conclude the rest of Europe “owes” Britain an astonishing £18 billion just for its role “subsidising” the continent’s defence between 2012 and 2016.
The UK is one of only a handful of European countries to meet the NATO spending target of two per cent of GDP with many others, including France and Germany, falling woefully short.
Equally Britain is one of the continent’s top foreign aid players, having enshrined spending at 0.7 per cent of GDP in law, with much of our taxpayers’ cash indirectly helping other EU states.
Read more in the Daily Express.