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
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.
That is the reality and you can find it in the accounts of the EU
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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: “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
The director added that Brussels believes this puts the EU in a very strong position as the UK prepares to leave.
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.”
NO FREE TRADE, NO FREE MOVEMENT. PAY EU NOTHING. PUT UK FIRST. END ASYLUM AND FOREIGN AID. PUT TARIFFS ON GERMAN AND FRENCH IMPORTS. THEY SELL MORE TO US. THEY SOON WILL BACK DOWN ON FREE MOVEMENT KALEGI PLAN FOR WHITE GENOCIDE OF EU BACKED BY KALERGI PRIZE WINNER BOLSHEVIK MERKEL.