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|Posted: Sun May 27, 2018 9:27 am Post subject: GERMANY OWES THE UK 3,6 TRILLION POUNDS IN WAR DAMAGES
|Why was Germany’s £3.6 TRILLION war debt to Britain secretly written off in 1990? Asks MP
A FURIOUS MP is demanding answers after discovering that Britain signed away its rights to wartime compensation from Germany in 1990.
By CIARAN MCGRATH
PUBLISHED: 00:01, Thu, May 24, 2018 | UPDATED: 13:05, Thu, May 24, 2018
Estimates put damage caused to Britain at the end of World War II at £120billion – equivalent to £3,620billion today.
Mr Kawczynski said he had been stunned to discover after submitting a written question to Parliament on the subject that Britain had waived its rights to any reparations following the reunification of Germany in 1990.
He then submitted a follow-up question asking why the reason for this, and who made the decision, and was told it was signed by then-Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd to “enable the united Germany to have full sovereignty over its internal and external affairs”.
Daniel Kawczynski is angry at the decision to write off any future reparations claims
Mr Kawczynski, MP for Shrewsbury
Mr Kawczynski, who is MP for Shrewsbury, said: “This seems like an exercise is sweeping it under the carpet.
“It was a terrible mistake to forgo this in 1990 and it’s sending out completely the wrong signal.
“I think the Germans have behaved appallingly here.
“They are very keen to tell us about the £40billion we supposedly owe them for Brexit, not to mention the countless billions we’ve already paid in, but they refuse to pay for the terrible destruction they caused to this country.
The decision was signed off by then-Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd
“It’s hypocritical and shocking.
“As for this decision, there was absolutely no debate on this at all which I can recall.
“The point here is that we are the last generation who can do anything about this.
“We are the ones who remember our grandparents telling us about the devastation caused by the Germans during the war. Otherwise it’s too late.”
The Germans caused billions of pounds' worth of damage to the UK during World War 2
The full text of the written answer to Mr Kawczynski’s follow-up questions, attributed to Minister of State for Europe and the Americans Sir Alan Duncan, reads: “The Treaty on the Final Settlement with respect to Germany definitively settled matters arising out of the Second World War between the parties to the Treaty, and enabled the united Germany to have full sovereignty over its internal and external affairs.
“The Treaty was signed on behalf of the United Kingdom by the then Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd. German unification was debated in the House at the time and the Treaty was laid before the House for clearance under the Ponsonby rule.”
Mr Kawczynski has vowed to keep asking for clarification as to the reasons behind the historic decision.
The damage caused to European countries following World War II was repaired largely thanks to a finance deal with the Americans known as the Marshall plan.
Britain only finished paying off loans taken out according to this in 2006 - 61 years after the end of the war.
The people of this country want this money to pay for new , schools, hospitals, roads, housing , trains etc AND REPARATION TO THE FAMILIES OF THOSE WHO DIED OR WERE INJURED BY GERMANY and we want it included in any deal with the EU , NO MONEY THEN NO DEAL ,AND ALL MIGRANTS TO BE SENT BACK TO WHERE THEY CAME FROM .
MORE TO THE POINT HOW MUCH DOES JAPAN AND ITALY OWE THE UK AS WELL,