‘We want our MONEY!’ France in incredible attack on Britain over Brexit bill

Thursday, July 20, 2017
By Paul Martin

FRANCE’S Economy Minister has told Britain it must pay what it owes to the European Union (EU) for its outstanding spending commitments.

Thu, Jul 20, 2017

Bruno le Maire, 48, told the country’s Economic Affairs Committee that the payment was a non-negotiable prerequisite for the Brexit talks as the UK leaves the bloc.

Mr Le Maire said: “I will say what Margaret Thatcher used to say: We want our money back.

“We can always debate on the amount but on the fact that the United Kingdom must pay what it owes to the budget of the European Union, it is a non-negotiable prerequisite at the start of the (Brexit) discussions.”

The British government has said it did have debts to the European Union but the debate between the two sides surrounds just how much is outstanding.

While the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier has not put a figure on the sum, estimates have ranged from £17.7 billion to £88.4bn (€20bn to €100bn).

However, any final figure could also hinge on the final deal on the table regarding the future relationship Britain has with the bloc after Brexit.

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