Dont give them a penny! Boris urged to withhold eye-watering new Brexit divorce bill

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Readers voted in our poll amid a dispute over the UK’s divorce bill after the European Union estimated it is now bigger than expected at a staggering 47.5 billion euros (£40.8 billion). A huge 95 percent of respondents said the Prime Minister should withhold the eye-watering sum.

Just five percent said Mr Johnson should cough up the higher figure.

Commenting on this website, one reader urged: “Don’t give them a penny.”

Another wrote: “No, they have been and will continue to be awkward in everything to prevent us prospering, it’s only a matter of time before the other countries in the EU will see the light.”

A third said: “They’ve had enough money out of us….go whistle for it…”

Another insisted: “Rip up the withdrawal agreement and tell the EU to go get stuffed!!!”

A fifth commented: “Tell them to get stuffed.”

Another added: “No deal and pay them nothing.”

One more said: “The remoaners describe the EU as a ‘club’. If I leave my golf club I stop paying my membership fees. The UK should pay nothing.”

Our poll comes as a fresh Brexit dispute blew up over the size of Britain’s divorce bill after the EU estimated it is now billions more than expected.

Downing Street on Friday rejected the new net figure that emerged in Brussels’ latest accounts of 47.5 billion euros (£40.8 billion).

No10 insisted the sum Britain owes remains within the range of its previous estimates of between £35billion and £39billion.

The bill, buried in the EU’s accounts for 2020, states that 6.8 billion euros (£5.8billion) is to be paid by the UK this year.

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Downing Street refused to accept the revised amount and pledged to issue more details to Parliament in the coming weeks.

A No 10 spokesman said: “We don’t recognise that figure, it’s an estimate produced by the EU for its own internal accounting purposes,”

“For example, it doesn’t reflect all the money owed back to the UK, which reduces the amount we pay.

“Our estimate remains in the central range of between £35 and £39billion and we will publish full details in Parliament shortly.”

The divorce bill covers spending commitments made during the 47 years of the UK’s membership of the bloc.

A methodology for calculating the sum was agreed during negotiations for the Withdrawal Agreement, but an exact figure was not finalised.

In Brussels, a European Commission spokesman insisted the new figure is “correct”.

He said: “The report is final and the calculations were made in line with the withdrawal agreement.

“We have already informed the UK Government about the payments that they have to do with regard to the first part of this year and they’ve already in fact paid part of the amount concerned.

“Therefore, we have absolutely no indications at this point in time that the bill, or the amount that we’ve calculated will be contested.”

Express.co.uk polled 4,505 people from 8.50pm on July 9 to 12.30pm on July 10.

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