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    The row comes less than a fortnight after the Polish-born Conservative Member of Parliament for Shrewsbury and Atcham was slammed for publicly urging the Polish Government veto any push for an extension of Article 50.

    Prominent Brexiteer Daniel Kawczynski, the controversial, has come under fire on social media for claiming Britain didn't receive any financial aid under the Marshall Plan, the US$15 billion 'recovery program' launched by Washington in 1948 to rebuild war-torn Europe.

    He claimed "only Germany" received any funds from the scheme, despite Britain "[helping] to liberate half of Europe", before attacking the European Union's treatment of the UK since triggering Article 50.

    ​The tweet has received over 11,000 replies and 3,190 retweets in the two days since it was posted — although few have agreed with his historical or contemporary analysis.

    Dr. Warren Dockter, US-born expert in British history and lecturer in international politics at Aberystwyth University, has led the critical charge, calling the MP "categorically wrong about the Marshall Plan".

    Noting Britain in fact received 26 percent of Marshall Plan donations, more than any other country — West Germany in fact received 11 percent, France 18 percent, he added the UK furthermore received favorable loans and grants on top of Marshall Plan aid.

    ​However, British author Emma Kennedy also weighed in on the online drubbing.

    ​Kawczynski nonetheless stood by his comments in conversation with local newspaper the Shropshire Star, saying there were "many people" in the UK who wished to "whitewash the sacrifice Britain has made over generations for Europe.

    "They say it is not appropriate to look at a country's history to understand her credentials. Those affiliated to Europe in this country hate any challenge to their point of view. The furore I can deal with," he added.

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