Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Business | By Max Garcia

Nigel Farage 'docked half MEP salary' to reclaim misused public funds

Nigel Farage 'docked half MEP salary' to reclaim misused public funds

Mr Farage has recently complained he is "53, separated and skint" after a two-decade fight for a referendum on Britain's European Union membership.

Nigel Farage has MEP salary docked to £35k amid claims of EU funds misuse Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage will have his MEP's salary slashed by 50 percent to £35,000 (US$48,000) after a European Parliament investigation found he had misused EU funds.

Mr Farage, who remains a South East MEP, said that a second vote would kill off opposition to leaving, claiming "the percentage that would vote to leave next time would be very much bigger than it was last time round".

Under EU rules, full-time assistants to MEPs are not allowed to do paid work for national parties, while part-time assistants must have their second jobs vetted by the European Parliament watchdog to prevent conflicts of interest. "In cases where the administration, after a long and detailed process, does not receive the necessary justifications for spending or European work carried out, and the member refuses to repay the money, we launch recovery proceedings".

A spokesman for the Eeuroskeptic Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group (EFDD) told the Independent: "There is a vindictive campaign by the European Parliament of selective persecution of Euroskeptic MEPs, parties and groups". They dismissed the salary cut as a "politically-motivated assault".

Mr Bolton said: "Right".

In a recent interview with the Daily Mail, Farage said he was "53, separated and skint", saying there was "no money in politics".

Farage, who has been an MEP for 18 years, has one of the worst attendance records at the parliament in Brussels and Strasbourg. Farage's monthly, pre-tax salary, according to the European Parliament website, is €8,484 ($10,295) per month.

Auditors suspended Adams' contract a year ago, because they were not convinced he was working for Farage on European parliamentary matters.

Farage endorsed the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in last September's elections.

That was the general verdict of the county's MPs as the United Kingdom reacted to suggestions from Brexit champion that he may support a second referendum on the issue.

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