Several member states have called on the EU to require the upfront payment to include post-Brexit farming and administration costs in 2019 and 2020, when the UK finalizes its departure, massively inflating the final sum.
The figure, reported by the Financial Times, would deal a blow to the UK negotiating team at a time when relations between the UK and Brussels are already strained.
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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Theresa May was “deluding herself” after dinner in Downing Street last week, while the Prime Minister pledged yesterday to be a “damn difficult woman “in the Brexit talks.
The commission’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, previously hinted that no figure would be set until the end of the talks, but that the bloc intended to describe what it saw as the Great Britain’s liabilities. Brittany.
According to the Financial Times, France and Poland have asked for an additional € 10-15 billion in agricultural payments, while Germany is said to be against giving Britain a share of EU assets such as buildings.
In addition, they add that an upfront payment for conditional guarantees and loans to countries such as Ukraine and Portugal will be required, with the UK being repaid as the loans are repaid.
The FT adds that the final gross amount could vary between 80 and 100 billion euros, while the net total could be between 55 and 75 billion euros over a period of a decade or more, as loans are repaid and Britain receives its final block payments.
The new figures follow claims by a Commission spokesperson in The Times that talks will be conducted with the UK only by Barnier, despite the Prime Minister’s reported preference to involve the leaders of the 27 countries.
When asked if there would be direct negotiations between May and the other member states on the divorce settlement, the spokesperson replied: “No. The committee is the union negotiator and Michel Barnier is the person who will negotiate on behalf of the EU. We are very clear on this. “