Published On: Tue, Sep 24th, 2019

Brexit news: Brexit Party MEPs hit out at Brussels after bloc demands £14BILLION extra | UK | News

In a scathing video attack against the , a group of MEPs revealed the bloc is set to ask Britain pay £14billion into the common budget in the event of a no deal . At a meeting in Brussels on Tuesday senior Eurocrat Gert Jan Koopman, the director-general of the budget directorate, claimed Britain will have to pay extra money to the EU to cover no deal contingency plans. Brexit Party MEP Martin Daubney said: “It’s important to announce that at the end, at the very end, they told us €17billion of ongoing cost in 2020, with no increase in fees for any other member states, are continuing to milk the UK as if Brexit didn’t happen.”

Colleague Jonathan Bullock insisted the Brexit Party made clear the UK will not agree to further payments in the event of a no deal.

Mr Bullock said: “We got them thinking that, if we leave with no deal, they are all going to pay a lot more.

“So I think we did get that message across and several people spoke in support of that.”

And MEP Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen added: “We told them very clearly that, if we leave on a clean-break Brexit, we are not going to pay any more money to the EU.

“But we will still support our universities that might have cross-border cooperation with other universities.”

Addressing the European Parliament’s Budget Committee, Mr Koopman said: “It’s important to distinguish what this contingency regulation seeks to do, namely to allow the UK to continue to make payments in line with its contributions foreseen in the draft budget 2020.

“This amount would approximately be, depending on what the budgetary authority votes, €17billion (£14billion). Those are the payments for the year 2020 which are likely to be due.

“Obviously, the UK will receive a certain amount of pre-allocated expenditure and UK beneficiaries will participate in projects so it is impossible to forecast with precision what the net effect will be in terms of continued participation.”

Mr Moscovici told Europe 1 radio last month: “The British will have to settle their [membership] contributions, and their financial contributions in all circumstances, regardless of whether there’s a deal or a no deal.

“Once he looks at things more closely, Boris Johnson will realise that these are legal and financial obligations that must be honoured.”

Boris Johnson renewed his commitment to striking a deal with the EU after the Supreme Court ruled his decision to shut down Parliament illegal. 

Responding to the ruling, Mr Johnson told Sky News: “The interesting thing, the exciting thing for us now is to get a good deal and that’s what we are working on.

“I’ll be honest, it’s not made much easier by this kind of stuff in Parliament and in the Courts.

“It’s not much easier getting a deal against this background but we’re going to go ahead and do it.”

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