Should the UK pay its Brexit ‘divorce bill’?

From my interview with Debating Europe – the full story and link is here

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21 Responses to Should the UK pay its Brexit ‘divorce bill’?

  1. David says:

    No not 1 English new pence.

  2. MIKE MAUNDER says:

    NO, NO, NO. – The EU have had enough money from UK/GB, and for the life of me, I cannot see the value received by this Nation. It’s one of the reasons for me voting OUT !

  3. George Morley says:

    in a word — NO !

  4. Linda Hudson says:

    Since when did a member have to pay a fee to finish their membership?
    Divorce bill, WHAT? the U.K. and it’s people are not married , nor joined to the hip of another country or continent, neither are we being held as prisoners for a ransom to be ;paid!

  5. catalanbrian says:

    I can only say that if you lot were on the negotiating committee the UK would end up with an alarmingly poor deal!

    • Clearly, C.B., YOU would be best appointed Chief Negotiator, since you evidently have seen through these bandits in Bruxbourg and understand them best!
      Takes a thief to catch a theif!

    • MIKE MAUNDER says:

      My Dear Brian. I believe that we will get a poor deal anyway. It is the nature of the EU to follow their rules and treaties, even when the membership will lose out. That is one of the reasons I voted to leave, as the EU cannot ever be called a Go Getter organisation. We, (You and I), must face the fact that we can only agree to disagree, which is honourable !

    • George Morley says:

      Well, we are not and neither are you thank goodness. They want UK to keep paying because they are cannot meet their commitments without it !

    • KennieD says:

      Absolutely right catybrian. I think UK should pay the eu or Spain to keep you in Catalonia on your permanent holiday.

  6. Jim. Pullen says:

    The simple answer in NO, let’s just get out as fast as possible & forget the nightmare we have been in for such a long time.

  7. Lucilla Maclaren Spillane says:

    Pay the EU? Absolutely not. The EU should be paying us, taking back the unwelcome immigrants and sending them and their families back to their country of origin. Their fate is not our problem. Anyone coming to the UK, should accept our culture, speak English and not be a burden. We have had enough!

  8. Dung says:

    Knowing the people who post on your blog Roger the question was not needed, what is needed is for you to take some (any) action that might spread this to the public or influence the government otherwise it is all hot air (and actually it is not even hot).

  9. Dung says:

    Roger why do you sign yourself as EFDD and not UKIP?

  10. Martin Reed says:

    Clearly the EU are taking the proverbial in the biggest possible way. May’s lot are lukewarm at best at the thought of escaping the clutches of the EU and have been doing everything in their power to delay the process for months and years in the hope something, anything will crop up to make it fail. So these farcical demands can be added to all the drummed up noise and confusion stemming from the government’s disgraceful failure to implement its pledge to act immediately on the result of the referendum. But the EU also know they are dealing with those Maggie Thatcher would have rightly called “Wets”, another good reason for trying it on. In contrast to professional politicians any successful businessman wouldn’t have taken heed of this silliness for an instant and would have told them to take a running jump on the spot.

    Then there is the question of the UK’s share in EU infrastructure abroad as the second largest financial contributor. If there is any question of compensation at all it is that share which should take centre stage not this fantastical nonsense the EU is promoting. I have seen a figure of £9 billion quoted for that. I can only say that must be a tiny fraction of the true figure. But it in the circumstances surely someone needs to do some proper professional accounting on that, and fast.

  11. Jane Davies says:

    The media use the word divorce quiet a lot, well I have been there and all joint property is mutually shared in equal parts and in the case of a family home is sold and the proceeds split down the middle. So the investment made by UK taxpayers in any property or building must be shared the same way. The Brexit negotiators must not give in to bullying and blackmail, when they see these tactics are not working and their victims are not giving in these cowards slink away. Poland is experiencing these tactics already if they don’t toe the line the demands for the money, handed over to them by the EU, to be repaid will start then they will be subject to the same treatment that has befallen Greece. The implosion of this gigantic corrupt edifice can’t come soon enough.
    UK taxpayers have paid enough… more, not one penny and you guys back in my homeland must not let this happen.

  12. KennieD says:

    When the Blair creature was PM of these sacred isles, he gave back to the eu, the hard won rebate that the UK had re our annual “club membership”. His terms for this was that the eu’s CAP would be reformed. That reform has been blocked ever since by the French and others. Therefore the rebate loss for these last 17/18 years or so should be repaid to UK.
    If this is measured against the so-called (BBC, Sky news etc) divorce bill, it may be seen that the eu owe the UK a considerable sum.

  13. Mike Goodall says:

    Roger, perhaps due to your depth of experience that you have within the UK you should be involved with the UK negotiations because inexperienced ‘negotiators’ from the UK could easily miss most of the points that you make. Best wishes from sunny Perth WA. Mike & Nicky

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  15. Bill Power says:

    EU treaty Article 125 states:

    “The Union shall not be liable for, or assume the commitments of, central governments, regional, local or other public authorities, other bodies governed by public law, or public undertakings of any Member State.”

    Referring to the above EU law Angela Merklel promised the German people “We have a Treaty under which there is no possibility of paying to bailout states.” . In the end she serially broke her word plus worse broke the EUs own law to do it and worse again we the UK taxpayers were roped in to contribute to these clearly ILLEGAL bailouts.

    The French later boasted about this openly!

    ‘We violated all the rules because we wanted to close ranks and really rescue the euro zone. The Treaty of Lisbon was very straightforward. No bailouts.’ CHRISTINE LEGARDE

    Therefore Mrs May would be within her rights to demand every penny thus stolen from UK taxpayers to be paid back to us in full plus all our lost interest and further that all those involved in breaking the EUs own laws be brought to court to pay for their criminality in breaking it

    That would soon put all talk about about €60 bn repairations for daring to opt for brexit out of their arrogant heads

    • KennieD says:

      Surely you realise that stating the obvious truth about these things counts for nothing these days.
      Whatever happened to the investigation into corruption involving Mme Lagarde?

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