United Kingdom

(Flag of United Kingdom) Population 65,382,556
GDP EUR 2,393,134 mil.
GDP per capita EUR 36,602
Share in imports of goods to the EU 16.60 %
Net contribution to the EU EUR 10,097.18 mil.
Net contribution to the EU in % of GDP 0.42 %
Net contribution to the EU per capita 154.43
In 2016 the taxpayers of United Kingdom contributed to the European Union  154 euros per head over what they received. Since its accession to the EU the country has paid to the European Union EUR 156748 million over what it has received. Select a year in the upper right-hand corner to see details for other years.

Note that this breakdown compares fiscal transfers only and does not include other costs and benefits connected with membership in the EU (administrative costs, co-funding of EU projects, effects of EU legislation on domestic prices etc.).

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland became a member of the European Community in 1973, when it left the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). The European Community then transformed itself into the European Union in November 1993. As part of the United Kingdom, the EU contains the UK’s overseas territory of Gibraltar. However, the Gibraltarians do not contribute to the EU budget through the British contributions, nor do they participate in the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy. They nevertheless receive some subsidies from the Structural Funds. In 2016 voters in a referendum decided to leave the European Union which will take effect latest in March 2019.

Payment in mil EUR in % of GDP in EUR per capita
GNI-based own resource -15,251.50 -0.64 -233.27
Customs and Agriculture duties paid by taxpayers -4,141.98 -0.17 -63.35
VAT-based own resource -3,314.90 -0.14 -50.70
Reduction in GNI-own resource granted to NL and SE -165.30 -0.01 -2.53
Sugar levies -11.90 0.00 -0.18
Freedom, security, justice 138.40 0.01 2.12
Cohesion 1,114.50 0.05 17.05
Competitiveness 1,833.10 0.08 28.04
Natural resources (=farm subsidies) 3,832.20 0.16 58.61
UK correction (= the “rebate”) 5,870.20 0.25 89.78