The EU spends over £500,000 a year in pensions to 30 former MEPs and officials in the Lords, they include seven ex-European Commissioners who swore an oath of loyalty to Brussels that means they risk losing their pension if they attack their old institutions they have no choice but to be politically silent when it comes to criticising their EU paymasters.
A senior MP has claimed they have a vested interest in frustrating Brexit and urged them to disclose their index-linked benefits before they speak.
Tory MP Dominic Raab, an ex-justice minister, said: “Lords with generous EU pension pots should declare this when they speak in Parliament on Brexit. The public would be rightly outraged if peers voted to protect their Brussels bonuses rather than respect the referendum result.”
Lord Kinnock, former vice-president of the Commission, receives an estimated £87,000-a-year EU pension.
Lord Patten receives an estimated £3,800 for his five years as a commissioner.
Lord Tugendhat, commissioner from 1977 to 1981, has an estimated pension of £41,000.
Former Trade Commissioner Lord Mandelson is due to receive a pension of £34,600.
Lord Heseltine receives £90,000 a year in EU farming subsidies.
According to reports: “Peers will not be required to declare their pensions as a financial conflict if they speak in this week’s debate on triggering Article 50”
Unity News Opinion- The House of Lords is unelected and outdated, it should be turned into an elected chamber that the people decide who is democratically elected through the ballot box to ensure fair and proper representation.