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Germany, Italy and a number of other EU countries are backing the European Commission's calls for London to pay billions in a ‘divorce bill.’
The sum at stake is over €60 billion ($75 billion), and the EU Commission wants it all to be paid before the bloc starts negotiating future trade deals with London.
The final payment's reportedly due in 2023.
RT: Does this $63 billion Brexit bill, proposed by Brussels, mean that friendship between the UK and EU is impossible after all?
Graham Moore: Well, to be honest there are other things that we need to look at. For example, the Vienna Convention on Treaties, section two. There are several articles under that convention that invalidate treaties. They need to be very careful what they are implying and the threats that they are making.
The second thing I would like to say, and this is crucial to the people in the UK and especially in England to understand, that since 1997 the UK has lost £160 billion pounds in one type of EU VAT fraud… that was taken bit by bit, not in a lump sum. And it has been directly stolen from the taxpayers in the UK. Now £160 billion, if you are look at it towards the final exit €60 billion, or whatever it is, I’d still say to be fair that is cheap, because that is just one type of fraud where we have paid dearly over the years.