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UK will pay Brexit ‘divorce bill’, government admits

Government statement to Parliament makes clear UK will continue to pay financial contributions to the EU following Brexit.

 
UK will pay Brexit ‘divorce bill’, government admits

The government has admitted the UK will carry on paying its financial contributions to the EU following Brexit, according to a written statement to Parliament.

In the statement Joyce Anelay, a Brexit minister, indicated the UK will carry on paying financial obligations even after it exits the EU.

‘On the financial settlement, as set out in the prime minister’s letter to President Tusk, the government has been clear that we will work with the EU to determine a fair settlement of the UK’s rights and obligations as a departing member state, in accordance with the law and in the spirit of our continuing partnership,’ she said.

‘The government recognises that the UK has obligations to the EU, and the EU obligations to the UK, that will survive the UK’s withdrawal—and that these need to be resolved.’

There has been much uncertainty around Britain’s position on its financial obligations to the EU often called the 'divorce bill'.

The Financial Times has previously reported that the divorce bill, which Britain would have to pay towards the EU budget for projects which it has already benefited from, could be as high as €100 billion (£84 billion).

The foreign secretary Boris Johnson said earlier this week the EU can ‘go whistle’ if they demand that Britain pays an exit fee in talks next week.

However one EU diplomat told the , this statement from Anelay now shows the UK is prepared to pay a financial settlement.

‘That stops an electric shock next week. It would have been a real problem if we had made zero progress on the financial settlement,’ the diplomat told the paper.

33 comments so far. Why not have your say?

Henry Wilson

Jul 14, 2017 at 13:27

About a fiver is ok with me

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Truth Searcher 2

Jul 14, 2017 at 14:31

If we are furnished with the reasoning, then it may be acceptable, but a figure plucked from the air is unnacceptable. Likewise, any claims we have, should be shown.

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Tomboy

Jul 14, 2017 at 14:40

Agree entirely we have invested billions in Mrs Merkels empire

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Alan Tonks

Jul 14, 2017 at 18:58

It is bl**dy disgusting and a total capitulation by May the woman of straw.

The whole political system is corrupt, the EU even more so, we should leave now with nothing to pay.

Can you believe in anything that is so corrupt, it hasn’t even signed off its accounts for over 20 years?

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Tomboy

Jul 14, 2017 at 19:42

To many 5 colomists out they Blair abolished treason we all know why

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Roger Savage

Jul 14, 2017 at 19:52

I think the powers that be ensured that whatever the EU Referendum result, they would have enough people 'in play' to ensure that Brexit would never happen.

I honestly don't think it will. Current bookmakers' odds on no deal being reached by April 2019 are 5/6 (Paddypower). Says it all...

British politics is nothing more than treachery and corruption personified. At no point in British history has it reached such a magnitude or in such plain sight.

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Disgusted of Haywards Heath

Jul 14, 2017 at 20:30

Any payment is a payment too far. For goodness sake, they owe us. As a voter who helped bring back this feeble government I am ashamed; if I were younger, I'd emigrate. The only possible (and very slight) consolation is that any alternative government would have been infinitely worse.- although it's hard to believe that's possible.

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Tomboy

Jul 14, 2017 at 20:50

With comrade Corbyn in charge of Labour the alternative is economic collapse

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Spartacus

Jul 14, 2017 at 22:49

Plan is to shell out billions we don't have to make UK poorer while stripping UK citizens of Freedom of Movement rights - can't see any upside here!

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CT

Jul 15, 2017 at 11:49

.... and so the clearly predictable consequences of the unpatriotic, self centred Corbyn and MacDonald making life difficult for our negotiators begin to emerge. How sad that enough voters were taken in by their unworkable money tree lies and bribes and we will ALL pay for this.

Beware entrepreneurs, we know you provide the jobs and income for our economy but big brother JC is gonna get you

- take a look at his schoolboy history and you will understand why - the most unpopular kid in the playground spitefully getting his own back

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Tomboy

Jul 15, 2017 at 12:28

The political L A L A Land continues one day the cash machines will be switched of

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Donald Chan

Jul 16, 2017 at 10:00

I don't think I am the only one fed up with the "yeah, but nobut yeah" approach. We voted out: let's get on with a straightforward negotiation (and no deal is better than a bad deal). I am beginning to think that the "treachery" accusation by certain Remainers is no longer hyperbole.

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Tomboy

Jul 16, 2017 at 10:08

Well done Sir to the tower with all the hasbeens who have grown fat out of the E U

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DREXEL

Jul 16, 2017 at 12:06

What's the problem? It's clear if we have financial obligations i.e. that we have signed up to in the past then we have to pay these and the EU likewise. I have never heard it said otherwise.

As far as being forced to pay damages or some other punitive measure which forms no part of any document we have signed and amounts to blackmail or theft surely that raises questions of legality and can be referred to a court or to independent arbitration. Of course with the time involved we would have to leave without the so-called 'good deal' but that was never going to happen anyway. We can have negotiations after we leave you know.

Please let's have less thinking and reporting in which is so short term. I don't think many who voted to leave had not considered the possibility of short to medium term difficulties. Stop reducing the success or failure of leaving the EU to purely financial measurements. These correlate poorly with quality of life or happiness. I voted based on where I thought we could be and the EU would be in 10-100 years not 1 or 2.

Look where Germany was after two world wars and Japan after one and where they were within even 15-20 years. It seems shameful that we are panic -stricken about leaving the 'Single Market' that cure for all ills. How Messrs. Juncker and Tusk must be laughing as we tear ourselves apart making us easy prey for them.

As far as the politics and whether we ever really leave the EU are concerned it hinges on whether a point will be reached when even most MPs and those who voted to remain will cease to see the EU as a friendly state but accept the reality of an enemy trying to damage us and start supporting Britain regardless of political allegiances instead of giving de facto support to the EU as is happening now.

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Tomboy

Jul 16, 2017 at 12:21

Exalent peice of course we have to honour our legal commitments one slight criticism Germany has achieved great things since the war

but it has been able to fre load on defense & control E U polices remember if their was no Euro your B M W would be unaffordable

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Capt Ahab

Jul 16, 2017 at 12:35

When Germany and Japan were working to recover in those years following the 2nd World War, we were on strike throwing away our excellence and industries which we now see in the Japanese Car Makers in this country, all shipbuilding and so on. We have it again in the RMT. The Unions thought that we were the only ones who could build a good car, motor bike, giant ships etc etc. Surprise surprise, along come Germans and Japanese working hard, and look where we are.

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Capt Ahab

Jul 16, 2017 at 12:35

When Germany and Japan were working to recover in those years following the 2nd World War, we were on strike throwing away our excellence and industries which we now see in the Japanese Car Makers in this country, all shipbuilding and so on. We have it again in the RMT. The Unions thought that we were the only ones who could build a good car, motor bike, giant ships etc etc. Surprise surprise, along come Germans and Japanese working hard, and look where we are.

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Mark Stringer

Jul 16, 2017 at 13:56

Drexel,

The only thing we need know about the EU is "what has the EU ever done for us and what has it cost us in terms of money and society" and also boils down to these names (and the four founding so called principles of the EU which are not fit for purpose in a changing world) for me and the EU's (Germany;s)rampant aim of a federalist Europe at any cost, the cost being the collective taxpayer.

Names: Kinnock (both), Mandelson, Leon Britton, Tusk, Junckers, Barroso, Delors, Barnier, Neelie Kroes. These names are not exhaustive, but give a flavour of where the rot is across commissions and departments.No mention for the sake of bevity of the Court of Justice.

Add to this bunch of cowboys the controlling Germans and sulky French when they think their sphere of influence is waning and it's very,very expensive kindergarten on the taxpayers expense.

We don't need a ruinous single currency or some suited overpaid nobody issuing edicts from EU HQ to trade with each other.

Anyone who is not deaf or blind who hasn't gotten the EU message via the three amigos that we are going to be made to suffer to stop other nations seeking an exit is turning the other cheek.

The problem we have in the UK is that because we have such a fractured society with no common national goal many under 45 simply see the end of their noses as the finish line and have never had to make a harsher choice than what hair gel or holiday or ready meal to buy on the ready credit.

Many yoof/immature adults simply see the EU as the gateway to holidays, cheaper fags, booze, the mirage they will be job hopping across Europe with no language skills.

Those with sod all have nothing to lose, "no skin in the game" so to speak and so see 'mother earth" EU as the possible handout centre with Comrade Corbyn bringing up the rear.

I've plenty to lose and if we forget London for a moment as not being the centre of the universe the world is very different with many people wanting white, Christian, law abiding, respectful neighbours who hate our taxes local and national being wasted at home never mind across Europe.

It is bad enough being fed lies about the changes brought to society by unfettered immigration and cheapo labour by our own liars, but quite another having a German and her lickspittle Vichy EU enforce upon us who and how many we have with all of the resultant problems that has brought to us.

Does anyone think that even Germany would give more of a monkeys about the uncontrolled immigration across Europe if they weren't getting cheapo labour as well.

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Mark Stringer

Jul 16, 2017 at 14:00

Tomboy, Perhaps if the whole economy of Europe wasn't so messed up we might not have an economy so totally reliant upon credit and that goods costing what they should would be a brake on this unfettered spend, spend, spend on credit.

Let's see how beloved the BMW is in a say a year.

Interesting that for what it worth John Lewis reports that big ticket items such as washing machines have dropped in volume yet increasingly costly self beautifying products have remained stable.

That about sums it up for me.

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Spartacus

Jul 16, 2017 at 18:37

#Mark Stringer - I wish I got a pound (or euro) every time I heard that line on "German Cars". They've already done an assesment and impact of Brexit on the German car sector is minimal (UK not having an indigenous car industry being an obvious point) . In fact they reckon they'll lose around 1% of their sales - far less than Russian sanctions and the German car industry fully support the German Govt stance.

Meanwhile whole sectors of UK industry will be decimated - finance and chemicals being the worst. and if these trade deals with Oz/NZ orthe USA come about - it'll be bye bye to UK agriculture

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Donald Chan

Jul 16, 2017 at 20:39

The Briitish car industry (once the world's largest car exporter i) was practically destroyed (or bought) because of inept management and a lack of forethought for our national interest. Maybe Brexit can revitalise belief in our national ability.

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Max P

Jul 16, 2017 at 20:58

I think brexit will be a disaster, not for me, as I have 7 figures invested globally, but it will be terrible for the idiots that voted for it which I will enjoy greatly, sadly those people that didn't vote for it will also lose their jobs, they will be angry beyond belief.

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Donald Chan

Jul 16, 2017 at 21:06

You have a strange source of pleasure, Max.

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Spartacus

Jul 16, 2017 at 21:15

#Donald - Max P has taken the correct course of action and I've taken same course of action myself. Since last June, not invested a penny in the UK and instead sending money to Far East through the likes of SOI & HFEL

It must be obvious that UK is facing worse crisis since world war 2 and despite prospect of Scottish independance receding short term. The union itself is at high risk of being broken up with serious faultlines in scotland, NI, Gibraltar and even the Falklands

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Max P

Jul 16, 2017 at 21:55

Believe me, I wish it had not happened, I wish I could wake up and realise it was all just a bad dream. Sure the EI has issues, but we wont help sort these issues by being out of it. The world is a very small place and faces significant problems, only by working together can we create long term solutions. People who voted for it by and large do not have the capacity to think beyond their own little worlds.

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Tomboy

Jul 16, 2017 at 22:25

Wondered where all the Remoaners where if you think the E U is cable of protecting your living standards. & your investments you are in L A L A land or you are listening to the Brussels Brocasting Corporation all the time

France has already installed a quisling government with surport of 25 % of the electorate & you call this democracy

The nation state is the most with a democratic parliament will service its people far better then any E U or U S S R both undemocratic institutions both designed to benefit its larger members I e Germany & Russia

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CT

Jul 17, 2017 at 03:51

Well, you all make valid and interesting points but did you see Rebecca Long-Bailey today criticising Theresa and the Tories, as the unpatriotic Labour idiots have done since the election, for a lack of clarity and no firm plan and then making it clear that Labour are even more confused and have even less of a plan, and are now adopting what the Tories have been saying including wanting to cherry pick and saying Labour might or might not stay in the CU etc.

Good lord they are at last realizing that the negotiation starts now and therefore cannot yet be clear cut. It takes skill but it also requires a united front.

This is the crux of the matter and I wonder why our inept Cabinet and the BBC do not take Labour to task on this wondrous realization and dramatic u-turn and shut them up.

We need some hard talking patriotism for goodness sake so the EU bureaucrats listed above stop laughing at our divisions and asking for 50-100 billion - we buy three times as much from them as they buy from us.

We have a great opportunity here but, with the exception of Rees-Mogg, the quality of our politicians is woeful

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Spartacus

Jul 17, 2017 at 06:27

Situation can only be described as desperate if Rees-Mogg is the best hope for Britain. "Money Talks" as they say and glad I've put my money elsewhere

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Tomboy

Jul 17, 2017 at 06:35

Agree we appear to be a complete shambles we have created a political class which nearly to a man have no experiance of business

As a life long conservative I feel the leadership we have had since Mrs Thatcher has been a farce the only political courage John Major displayed was in railroading the Mastric Treaty through Parliament even me gave a sigh of relief when Blair won

This was a false dawn the most devious & unscrupulous polatition in recent history who ought to be at the war crimes tribunal for his sins

The E U has nurtured our Parliament &I turned nothing but a local authority we need once free of its dire control to half M P s & double their wages to attract talent abolish the House of Lords& replace with an elected house of 200 members with the parliamentary parties proposing individual candidates in each constituency to produce a decent scrutiny of legislation

We need the the experience of previous M P s & former ministers but this has not to be at the patronage of an outgoing premier

When the Labour Party is able to peddle polices which have failed everywhere over the last 100 years & gain votes is directly because of the failure of an education system still controlled by leftist thinking

David Davis is a strong negotiator but the sniping from the remoamers is a worry & the falshoods being peddled are behond belief

With Lord Adonis claiming if we leave Euratom ( a totally seperate organisation to the E U) we are all going to die of untreatable cancer

Rember 80% of voters voted for parties which excepted the referendum & if they do not surport leave the public will loose all trust totally

The E U has enough internal problems with most of the smaller countries fedup of central dicktats from Brussels & Mrs Merkels ever closer Union

Their is no one a more committed European then me but we voted for a free trade area not a United States of Europe all previous attempts at this have been by millatary means have ended in failure

Now we have the back door aproach & the U K needs to stand like all down history it has against this delusion

That the worlds greatest trading nation has become so inward looking with an organization which represents a declining portion of world trade

All need to remember Corprall Jones don't panic

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Donald Chan

Jul 17, 2017 at 08:16

Brexit always brings forth a large response. What I have difficulties in coming to terms with is the emotional vehemence and portence of disaster which comes from the Remainers. Not only that, but there is a glee disclosed that they will be proved correct. There was a democratic decision as to who will rule the UK. Instead of uniting as a country to ensure we make the best of the decision, there is a strong desire to see the UK suffering a disaster in every way. There is an over-whelming implication that "I told you so" is far more important than success.

An individual can make whatever finanicial arrangements he sees fit and he will find out over the short/long term how the markets have treated him. This might be appropriate for discussion on a financiail website. However, undermining one's country to prove a sanctimonius rightness is inappropriate. I used to play rugby, and the idea that one would run out on to the field displaying despair (however much one might disagree with the proposed strategy) would never be entertained.

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CT

Jul 17, 2017 at 11:18

Well said Donald.

Of course Tories have been undermined by a terrible campaign and whoever leaked Hammonds observations in Cabinet is as guilty as the very stupid MacDonald and should be sought out and sacked. Sadly it wont happen because Theresa has lost her clout.

I too used to play rugby and there are very few who show the kind of character that rugby teaches you. We are saturated by wetness in the UK and at risk of drowning.

This is all quite simple really - surround yourself with good people, be honest, do the right thing, don't back down to political correctness and Marxist idiots and regain the respect of Barnier and co. I drive a 911 and my partner has an Audi. Do you really think that Porsche will not want to sell me a new one in 2 years time !

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CT

Jul 17, 2017 at 11:28

............. and for goodness sake of course no deal IS better than a bad deal.

If you have any idea of business you will leave Barnier and Tusk in no doubt about this and, ever the optimist, perhaps Long Bailey and Starmer will soon come round on this aswell.

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Mark Stringer

Jul 17, 2017 at 11:30

Spartacus, and if I had 50p for every time I heard that tale of BMW assessment of the impact of declining UK sales..........

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