LONDON (Reuters) – Britain pays “substantially” much less to the European Union than the roughly 39 billion kilos withdrawal invoice agreed with the bloc if there isn’t any last settlement, Brexit minister Dominic Raab stated on Thursday.
Britain’s Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Dominic Raab arrives at Downing Street in London, Britain, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
“I’m not going to put a number on it but what I would say is that it would be substantially below the financial settlement in the withdrawal agreement,” he stated when requested about how a lot Britain would pay in a BBC interview.
Raab stated it might take time to work out how a lot Britain would wish to pay if London and Brussels failed to succeed in settlement on Britain’s exit from the EU.
Asked whether or not he anticipated the EU to shift its perspective on Northern Ireland, the place the way forward for the border with the Republic of Ireland has change into a key sticking level, Raab stated:
“I think there has to be a shift across the board in the EU’s approach and they’re going to have to meet us halfway.”
Reporting by Costas Pitas; enhancing by Stephen Addison