EU Referendum Information

My intern’s guide to the UK’s membership of the EU is in the final stages of production and will be available in the next few days.

Please email derek.thomas.mp@parliament.uk for your copy.

To request a hard copy please write to:

Constituency Office,
Wharfside Shopping Centre,
Penzance
TR18 2GB.

A number of people have raised a concern regarding the loss of EU funding to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly if the British public vote to leave. This is a valid concern but it would be a mistake to believe that investment that comes to Cornwall is via the EU.

The Government is spending £100 billion on infrastructure projects and Cornwall is already seeing her fair share. Improvements to the Paddington to Penzance mainline and new developments in Long Rock are costing £147m. Over £20m is being spent on school building projects. Improvements to the A30, both existing and planned will cost in excess of £200 million. The Growth Deals (1 & 2) are investing a further £60.2m to drive economic activity.  A further £100 million or so (from the UK Government) is likely to be spent on the Spaceport, further road schemes and harbour improvements.

All the above is money received from the UK Government and paid for by the tax-payer.

Finally, because of the super bureaucratic and complex nature of EU funding there is no current activity in relation to the European Regional Development Fund in Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly.

However, the most important point to make is that every penny, whether it is from the UK Government or via the EU is UK tax-payers money. The UK pays more in to the EU than it receives and the UK Government will continue this investment whatever the result on June 23rd.

Derek Thomas
Member of Parliament for St Ives