Downing Street denies United Kingdom willing to pay €40bn Brexit divorce bill

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After concluding that the European Union has created an impossible straight jacket for the negotiations, Whitehall has offered to pay the European Union 10 billion euros per year after Brexit for up to three years, which would act as a partial down payment on the final 40 billion they are willing to pay. Any further sums for leaving the European Union should be finalized by the British delegation during the subsequent trade talks with Brussels.

"We know (the EU's) position is €60 billion, but the actual bottom line is €50 billion". "Ours is closer to €30bn, but the landing zone is €40bn even if the public and politicians are not all there yet".

Whitehall is a district in London where Britain's civil servants and ministers are based.

"There is now a window of opportunity for the government to flesh this out as a policy objective in order to reassure companies that a smooth and orderly Brexit is on the cards", said Allie Renison, Head of European Union and Trade Policy at the Institute of Directors.

Another Whitehall source said Britain's offer was "30 billion euros to 40 billion euros" while a third source said Prime Minister Theresa May was prepared to pay "north of 30 billion euros".

Eight dead in Nigeria church gun attack
A witness, who simply identified herself as a choir member, said the gunman left immediately into a waiting vehicle with a driver. Garba linked the attack to a lone gunman who he said spoke local Igbo dialect. "Such violent incidents dehumanise our society".

Pro-Brexit campaign group Leave Means Leave said speculation about a divorce bill was "unhelpful".

Foreign minister, Boris Johnson, for example, said in July that the European Union could "go whistle" if it made "extortionate" demands for payment.

"With the EU Brexit negotiations, nothing is agreed until everything is agreed", said the groups' co-chair Richard Tice. The talks are expected to concluded by the end of March 2019. "This would enable businesses to adapt during the 15 months leading to March 2019". (If the United Kingdom can't negotiate its own trade deals after Brexit, then what was the point of leaving?). Finance minister Philip Hammond wants to avoid unsettling businesses further.

Brussels, for its part, considers that, before discussions on a free trade agreement could begin, progress should be made on the financial regulations, as well as on the rights of european citizens resident in Britain and on the question of the border between Ulster and Ireland.

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