This sounds even a little blasphemous, but many who voted in favor of Brexit were guided by this very argument. Indeed, why pay for the countries of other, poorer EU countries. Following elementary logic, everything may seem very simple: rich EU countries pay for poor countries. But this is far from the case.
The United Kingdom Expands Its Export Opportunities
If you take any large country, it turns out that taxpayers of some regions within the country pay for others. This is at first glance. But on the other hand, the business of more developed regions sells its goods to the less economically successful, making big profits.
The same thing is happening within the European Union. Yes, richer countries pay more contributions to European funds and receive less from them than they invest. But the industry of these countries then sells its goods in the less developed EU countries, earning additional profit. In fact, countries pay to have an additional market.1
In addition to such a commonplace fact as wines, the situation in international trade (financial assistance in exchange for trade), there are less obvious reasons why the United Kingdom and other rich countries really benefit from the existence of the EU.
Problems With Poverty and Crime
Residents of rich countries are generally law-abiding, but crime is very common among the population of poor countries. This happens not because the population, says Romania is more aggressive, but because for poor countries crime is often the only way to live richly. It’s not even rich, but just like the middle class in developed countries (to have your own home, a car and the opportunity to at least occasionally eat in a restaurant or cafe).
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, EU countries were surrounded by rapidly impoverished post-socialist countries. The inhabitants of these countries, looking for a decent life, came to the more developed countries of Europe and engaged in criminal activities.
As I said, this is not due to the nature of people, but because often this is the only way to make money. More developed countries, including the United Kingdom, sending economic assistance to these countries improved their standard of living, thereby reducing crime.
Each Country Pays Approximately Equal
The fee of the EU countries depends on the country’s GDP. No country pays more than 1.23%, and the United Kingdom pays even less because it has a UK discount that has been in effect since 1985. The resources that countries pay are spent not only on supporting agriculture and developing the infrastructure of new members but also on pan-European institutions such as customs and others.
The UK fee in the EU cannot be considered free of charge. The UK has many benefits for the money, but these benefits are not as easy to calculate as spending.