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Setting facts straight on Leave.EU position

Published 24/05/2016

IAN James Parsley is wrong (Write Back, May 19) in saying the Leave.EU campaign has been "forced to admit" anything to the BBC.

Following the Press launch of Secure, Peaceful & Prosperous: Why Northern Ireland Would Be Better Leaving The EU, Leave.EU was asked by the BBC to clarify that the Northern Ireland £67m net contribution mentioned on page 6 of the document was based on the 2014 £18.8m gross UK contribution and not £14.4m net.

We confirmed it was and gave no apology for this, as none was required.

There is, indeed, a £67m net contribution that is only balanced by the rebate negotiated in the 1980s - a rebate that can be removed by the EU if it decides to do so. It has already reduced it once before.

Available online (at bit.ly/1ODQXvH), our publication sets out why we would be better voting to leave the EU on June 23, rather than relying on the BBC, Twitter, or the odd individual with an important-sounding title.

BRIAN MONTEITH

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