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Battle over Brexit bill payment

Wednesday, May 03, 2017 - 01:38

Britain's Brexit minister David Davis dismisses a Financial Times report over the bill that Britain could face when it leaves the European Union. Laura Frykberg reports.

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Broadcasters: PART NO ACCESS UK, NO USE AFTER 30 DAYS (1200 GMT ON JUNE 1, 2017) Digital: PART NO ACCESS UK-FOCUSED PUBLISHERS, NO USE AFTER 30 DAYS (1200 GMT ON JUNE 1, 2017)**~ Britain's Brexit Minister - on the campaign trail. With a snap election just five weeks away - David Davis may have hoped that was up for discussion. Instead, he was asked about another potential bombshell. The cost of Britain's departure from the EU. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH BREXIT MINISTER, DAVID DAVIS, SAYING: "The numbers that have been banded around in the press. 50, 60, 100 billion, we don't recognise. We certainly have had no indication of it. What we have said throughout is that we will meet our international obligations and we will enter into the negotiation in the best interests of both us and the European Union." One member of the 'Press' he's referring to - is the Financial Times. It's reported the bill will be 100 billion euros. Citing France and Germany's demand for higher post-Brexit farm payments and administration fees. The man representing Europe over Brexit gave no figure either. But said it's wishful thinking that Britain will get to sign a blank check. (SOUNDBITE) (French) EU CHIEF BREXIT NEGOTIATOR, MICHEL BARNIER, MICHEL BARNIER, SAYING: "Some have created the illusion that Brexit will have no material impact on our lives or that negotiations will be concluded quickly and painlessly. This is not the case. We need sound solutions." As events last week apparently show. A German newspaper reported that an encounter between Britain's Prime Minister and the European Commission president over Brexit.. Had shown signs of major division. Politicians may have stopped debating in parliament to begin their election campaign... But with Brussels, it only continues.

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Battle over Brexit bill payment

Wednesday, May 03, 2017 - 01:38