London does not recognize the Brexit bill

Withdrawal from the EU London does not recognize the Brexit bill

Boris Johnson

Doesn't recognize the amount demanded by the EU: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas / PA / dpa

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The next dispute between Great Britain and the European Union over Brexit is pending. This time it's about the exit bill of around 50 billion euros.

The next Brexit conflict is looming between the UK and the EU: This time it's about money.

The bottom line is that Brussels is demanding EUR 47,5 billion from London for outstanding commitments from its time as an EU member. The British government wants to pay less, however: "We do not recognize this amount," said a government spokesman in London.

The spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the net cost was still between 35 and 39 billion pounds (around 40 to 45 billion euros). 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 spokesman.

In Brussels, however, it was said that the financial report with the invoice amount of 47,5 billion euros was final. "The calculations were carried out in accordance with the provisions of the exit agreement," said a spokesman for the EU Commission on Friday. In 2021 Great Britain will have to pay 6,8 billion euros of the amount. The first installment has already been transferred. The Commission currently has absolutely no indications that the EU calculations would be called into question by the British.

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