A Conservative MP who incorrectly acknowledged Britain didn’t get any cash from the US after the Second World Warfare has apologised for “any offence” attributable to his declare.
Daniel Kawczynski was criticised for wrongly saying in a message on his Twitter account that Britain didn’t profit from the Marshall Plan in 1948.
This was a scheme wherein the US gave greater than $12bn (price $100bn, or £76bn, in at present’s cash) to nations in Western Europe to assist them rebuild within the aftermath of the battle.
Britain obtained the biggest proportion of the fund, getting a few quarter of the cash, and made its final compensation in 2006.
However Mr Kawczynski, a outstanding Brexiteer, lately tweeted: “Britain helped to liberate half of Europe. She mortgaged herself as much as eye balls in course of.
“No Marshall Plan for us just for Germany. We gave up warfare reparations in 1990.
“We put £370 billion into EU since we joined. Watch the best way ungrateful EU treats us now. We’ll bear in mind.”
When requested about this tweet throughout an look on Sky Information on Tuesday, Mr Kawczynski mentioned he had “bought into numerous hassle over that”.
The Shrewsbury MP added: “What I’d say is – and I believe that individuals have mentioned – actually, it’s extremely troublesome for MPs to get all the things throughout within the restricted variety of characters.
“What I used to be making an attempt to say is I imagine the UK didn’t profit as a lot as different nations due to the large loans we needed to take out throughout the Second World Warfare, which we solely completed paying off in 2007.
“If I’ve brought on any offence with that tweet I apologise.”
When pushed on whether or not he agreed his tweet – which has not been deleted – was factually incorrect, Mr Kawczynski acknowledged “Britain did obtain cash beneath the Marshall Plan”.
He added: “However the large loans that she took and the huge job that she took on by herself to liberate half of Europe price her dearly and he or she’s been paying these loans proper up till 10 years in the past.”
Mr Kawczynski initially refused to apologise or appropriate his assertion on 2 February, as a substitute pulling up his critics for misspelling his surname.
He additionally hung up throughout a phone radio interview when confronted in regards to the tweet.