MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The UK government plans to spend 9.3 million pounds ($13 million) on leaflets explaining why the Brits should vote to stay in the European Union in June.
"The document makes clear why EU membership brings economic security, peace and stability," Environment Secretary Liz Truss said in a statement published on the government website.
Leaflets will be delivered in England on April 11-13, and in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland after the May 5 elections.
Anticipating criticism from Leave campaigners for using budget funds to tilt public opinion in favor of the EU membership, the government said that publications of this sort were "entirely lawful."
"Independent polling carried out on behalf of the government made clear that 85% of people want more information from the government to help make an informed decision," Truss argued.
The No campaign will also be given public funds by the Electoral Commission to deliver a leaflet of its own to every household in the United Kingdom.