The next dispute between Britain and the European Union over Brexit is pending. This time it concerns the exit account of about 50 billion euros.
Brussels/London (dpa) – The next Brexit conflict looms between Britain and the EU: this time it’s about money.
In essence, Brussels is demanding €47.5 billion from London for outstanding commitments from his time as an EU member. However, the British government wants to pay less: “We do not recognize this amount,” said a government spokesman in London.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said the net cost is still between £35 billion and £39 billion. The EU figure is an estimate for internal accounting purposes. “For example, it does not reflect the amount owed to the UK. That reduces the amount we pay,” said the spokesperson.
However, in Brussels it was said that the financial report with the invoice amount of 47.5 billion euros was final. “The calculations have been carried out in accordance with the provisions of the exit agreement,” a European Commission spokesman said on Friday. In 2021, Britain will have to pay 6.8 billion euros of the amount. The first installment has already been sent. The Commission has absolutely no indication at this point that the EU calculations would be questioned by the British.
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