Jean-Claude Juncker, has warned Britain that the EU is expecting a big fat payoff if Britan is going to get out of the EU.
Yesterday, while Speaking to the Belgian federal parliament, Juncker spoke of his personal sadness about Brexit but insisted that the UK would not be able to negotiate a “cut-price or zero-cost” exit.
Juncker said Britain would have to pay a high price for the commitments which it entered into while a member state.
As I understand it, there is no contractual or treaty requirement for the UK to pay anything to leave the EU.
The EU may argue that there are projects that we agreed to contribute to while a member and we should now continue to pay. They might like to have thought about that before they started to cut funding fo UK science, while we still have at lease two years involvement in the EU.
We might also ask if we are going to still be able to benefit from the projects. If not, maybe those who will benefit should be taking up the slack.
They say there are pensions to be paid for, for employees that served during the 45 years that we were a member. Should not contributions have been paid for these pensions at the time of the employment, or in this just more European miss management? You should not pass on to your children the bill for the people who you employed. There are other considerations that might be taken into account. How about the fact that we are, presumably part owners of all of the EU positions, land building capital, etc. Are we not
There are other considerations that might be taken into account. How about the fact that we are, presumably part owners of all of the EU positions, land building capital, etc. Are we not due a fair shares of these assets or the value thereof?
The EU have been talking about a sum of around £50 billion as a bill to be presented to Theresa May when she launches withdrawal talks.
To me it seems that to charge us £50 billion to leave the EU, with no prior arrangement having been made, is beyond a joke. However, it would be a price worth paying to get our freedom back. When you sell yourself into servitude, it is hard and expensive to get out.
But come on Teresa, tell them we will pay, when we get our share of the assets of the EU.