As they wallow in snobbery, superiority and self-delusion they declare that Leave voters were misled by a barrage of mendacious propaganda.In particular they focus their rage on the Brexiteer claim that by leaving the EU Britain might save about £350million a week, money that could be spent on the NHS or other public services.

It is an assertion that has constantly been denounced by the pro-EU brigade as “a lie”.


Any demand for an exit fee from the EU would be ridiculous

Yet all this hysteria has been shot to pieces – by none other than Brussels federalists.So desperate are the EU leaders to punish Britain, so great is their anger over the imminent loss of British contributions that they now seek to indulge in extortion on a scale far greater than anything the Brexiteers ever envisaged.

At the end of last year EU negotiator Michel Barnier announced that the UK will pay Brussels an exit fee of anything between £40billion to £52billion.

The prospect of such a demand was repeated this week by Margaritis Schinas, the prickly Greek ex-politician who now serves as the chief spokesman for the European Commission.

In a laboured attempt to find an analogy in British culture Mr Schinas said: “It is like going to the pub with 27 friends.

That is the reality and you can find it in the accounts of the EU

You order a round of beer but then you cannot leave while the party continues. You still need to pay for the round you ordered.”This statement is absurd on so many levels. First, it is laughable to be lectured about fiscal responsibility by an apparatchik from Greece and the EU, two entities notorious for their spectacular financial prodigality.

Second, the pub imagery was all too predictable from the representative of a regime headed by the bilious Jean-Claude Juncker, the EU president whose devotion to the consoling effects of alcohol matches his enthusiasm for federalist dogma.

Third, the drinks analogy could hardly be more wrong. Britain has always done far more than pay for its rounds in the EU.Much to our own unease we have long helped to keep the party going. Having paid far more into the kitty than most other guests we now simply want to leave.

Even at its most extravagant the proposed larceny from the commission is dwarfed by the astronomical demand put forward by Guy Verhofstadt, the former Belgian prime minister who is now a senior Member of the European Parliament.

He has told the BBC that Britain’s “outstanding commitments” to the EU total no less than £513billion.

When challenged about this Verhofstadt said indignantly: “That is the reality and you can find it in the accounts of the EU.”

Those would be the same accounts whose unreliability means they have not been given a clean bill of health for almost two decades.Spread over five years, Verhofstadt’s proposal comes to an annual sum of £100billion or almost £2billion a week – six times the amount in the Brexiteers’ controversial claim during the referendum campaign.

But his mammoth bill cannot just be dismissed as a lurid fantasy from the extremes.

For Verhofstadt is not only one of the high priests of European integration but also the top Brexit negotiator for the European Parliament.

In his brutal attempt at financial coercion he has provided a chilling insight into the EU’s epic greed and brutal disdain for the British taxpayer.

Remoaners focus their rage on the claim that Britain would have £350m a week for the NHS

But there is no need for our Government to go along with any of this nonsense from Brussels. We have more than paid our dues.No penalty fee should be levied at all on our departure. In fact, if anything, the EU owes us money since we pay more towards Brussels than any other member state except Germany.

Last year we forked out in net terms £13billion, more than all our national spending on the police and prisons.

Since Britain joined the Common Market in 1973 we have handed over a vast £503.3billion to the Eurocracy with precious little in return beyond the systematic destruction of our independence.

If the EU wants to land us with a bill for £50billion – or £500billion in Verhofstadt’s case – then our Government should submit a counterclaim to the EU.

EU negotiator Michel Barnier said Britain would pay an exit fee of between £40billion to £52billion
This could include all the costs of EU citizens here, including NHS treatment, housing, education, transport and welfare.As David Cameron pointed out in his failed attempt to achieve reform on free movement, 40 per cent of EU nationals in the UK are dependent on benefits.

The Government could also incorporate the costs of foreign prisoners, the burden of extra security because of open borders and damages from the obliteration of our fishing industry.

The EU bangs on about Britain’s future share of the commission’s liabilities such as the pensions of Brussels’ penpushers but if that is the case then shouldn’t we have a share of the EU’s assets such as property and loans, which last year were valued at £146billion?

We paid for part of them. There is neither credibility nor legal authority for the EU’s ridiculous claim.

Not a single clause in any European legislation refers to an exit fee. Brussels is just trying to intimidate or cripple us.

It was exactly this kind of bullying that won the referendum for Brexit.

Germany and France export far more to us than we do to them. If we tell them we will put Tariff’s on German and French imports post Brexit. How long do we think the stupid EU free trade = free movement dictat will last? We also should pay the EU not a single penny. Canada trades with the EU and has no free movement agreement.

The presenter talked with Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform and Henry Newman from Open Europe over the figure Britain must pay when the UK leaves the European Union.Speaking on Sunday Politics, the host claimed that Theresa May would find it very difficult in the future if she is forced to pay a £30billion bill to the EU.Mr Grant suggested that Brussels is expecting a figure up to the amount of £60billion before admitting that it could be considerably lower.

However, host Neil exploded over the huge amounts of money that Britain could be forced to pay as a result of Brexit.


Andrew Neil and Charles Grant discussed how Theresa May will handle the £30billion Brexit bill

He said: “Am I missing something here? If she ends up settling for a bill of about £30billion, which I think would be politically, no matter how popular she is, politically very difficult for her.“It does kill any idea that there is a Brexit dividend for Britain.”Mr Grant explained how this issue could potentially crash Brexit talks and leave the UK in a very dangerous position.

He said: “Well some of what some of the senior officials in London and also Brussels are very worried that this particular issue could crash the whole talks.


Andrew Neil claimed that Theresa May will face a huge challenge if she pays £30billion to the EU

It may be politically impossible for Theresa May to accept a Brexit bill of £30billion

Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform

“Because it may be politically impossible for Theresa May to accept a Brexit bill of £30billion.“If there is no deal and we leave the EU without a settlement then there is massive legal uncertainty.“If Article 50 ended in two years, no deal, what contract law applies, can aeroplanes take off from Heathrow? Nobody knows what legal rights you have if you’re an EU citizen living in Britain or visa-versa.”

The director added that Brussels believes this puts the EU in a very strong position as the UK prepares to leave.

He added: “If there is no deal at the end of two years then we crash out, disastrous for the British economy, bad for the European economy.“Therefore they think they have all the cards to play. And they are very worried that if it is mishandled domestically in Britain then we will have a crash.”The host was left furious over the potential issues that could come if the Prime Minister does not secure a good deal with the European Union.

He finished: “We will wait a long time for that £350million a week or whatever it was that was meant to come from Brussels to spend on the NHS, that’s not going to happen for the next five, six, seven years.”

Previously unreported comments by the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim suggest the country wants to broker a deal that would allow its citizens to move freely between Turkey and the UK.Speaking alongside in Ankara last month Mr Yildirim said talks would be initiated with the simultaneously with the talks Turkey has begun about modernising the Customs Union.