Brexit supporters seem to be operating on the principle that, if you repeat something often enough, no matter how untrue it is, some of the dirt will stick.
Just like the much ridiculed untrue claim that we give £350 million per week to Brussels, there is also the persistent myth (reliably recycled every year by UK newspapers and now by your correspondent Lynton Morrish) that the European Court of Auditors has refused to sign off the EU’s accounts. However, this is entirely false.
In the most recent audit year (2014), the Court gave a clean bill of health to the accounts for the eighth time in a row.
This means every euro spent from the EU budget was duly recorded in the books and accounted for.
According to the European Court of Auditors, around 0.2 per cent of the EU budget may have been subject to fraud. Any amount of possible fraud is unacceptable and needs challenging.
But it’s worth noting that the figure of 0.2 per cent is much lower than that associated with most national budgets!
Lynton Morrish also makes a plea for the facts behind the claims and counterclaims of the two sides.
For those who want them, these are readily available from for example the independent fact checking charity fullfact.org or the academic research collaboration ukandeu.ac.uk
Dr David Cooke
Upper Dukes Drive
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