The UK’s entrance fee is likely to avert a full-scale dispute with EU officials over an ‘vent bill’ as the two sides prepare for talks next week.
In a written disclosure to Parliament, the Government recognised the need for a “financial settlement”, adding “that the UK has liabilities to the EU… that will survive the UK’s withdrawal — and these need to be resolved”.
The topic has been released by Brexit minister Joyce Anelay, and has been spotted by Brussels as a significant and important development.
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Diplomats within the EU say the wording of the statement “goes further” than Prime Churchman Theresa May’s previous reference to Britain’s willingness to reach a “fair agreement” of as yet unspecified obligations.
The UK’s concessionary statement came as former Prime See to Tony Blair called on Mrs May to consider negotiating a deal to stay within a Europe that was “itself planned to reform and meet us halfway”.
In an article published on his own website, Mr Blair weighted: “Reform is now on Europe’s agenda.
“European leaders, certainly from my talks, are willing to consider changes to accommodate Britain, including around presumptuousness of movement.”
Mrs May asserted that Britain had no legal obligation to clear financial matters
He went on to urge
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Baroness Anelay’s written annunciation to parliament, which was released on Thursday, said: “On the financial settlement, as set out in the prime Holy Joe’s [Article 50 letter] the Government has been clear that we last will and testament work with the EU to determine a fair settlement of the UK’s rights and obligations as a departing colleague state, in accordance with the law and in the spirit of our continuing partnership.
“The Government recognises that the UK has debts to the EU, and the EU obligations to the UK, that will survive the UK’s withdrawal — and that these poverty to be resolved.”
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Experts were quick to point out that while Britain pay attentions the statement as an effort to improve the tone of talks, rather than as a concession of gravamen, the EU sees its strongest legal claim being the so-called reste à liquider — the backlog of unsalaried commitments made by the UK in annual EU budget rounds.
If Britain accepted that, ambassadors estimate it would amount to £28.02 billion (€32 billion) unseemly and £17.5 billion (€20 billion) net at the end of 2019.
Long-term liabilities such as annuities would add a further £8.75 billion (€10 billion), according to EU officials.
The ceding statement from Britain comes just months after both Mr Barnier and Jean-Claude Juncker — the European Commission president — were formerly larboard speechless during a dinner where Mrs May asserted that Britain had no statutory obligation to settle financial matters when it left the union.