The Authorities had agreed to pay Brussels a divorce price of round £37.1bn throughout Brexit negations. This might cowl infrastructure spending agreed throughout Britain’s time as an EU member, and pensions for the bloc’s officers.
Nonetheless Brussels is now claiming the UK owes a whopping £40.8bn, risking one other brutal post-Brexit row.
A No10 spokesperson mentioned: “That is simply an accounting estimate, and doesn’t mirror the precise quantity the UK is anticipated to pay to the EU this yr.
“We are going to publish element on funds to and from the EU made beneath the monetary settlement within the EU funds assertion later this yr.”
Specific.co.uk readers responded with anger to the demand, with many insisting Britain ought to refuse to pay.
One wrote: “We do not ‘owe’ a penny. We agreed to cowl out share of the pre-agreed spending within the current EU price range, and pension liabilities for British MEPs and so forth.
“Nonetheless our £15bn annual contributions between when the invoice was agree and the top of 2020 when the EU price range ended ought to cowl off the vast majority of the invoice.
“The one factor left to pay needs to be the pensions, and we may comply with simplify that by paying them instantly.
“As an alternative the EU are attempting to cost us for one thing we have already paid for.”
Britain is already locked in a dispute with Brussels over commerce to Northern Eire.
Below the phrases of Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, some customs checks have been agreed on commerce between the province and Nice Britain by way of the Northern Eire protocol.
These have been launched to keep away from a tough border between Northern Eire and the Irish Republic, which may have endangered the peace course of.
Nonetheless unionists are livid in regards to the new checks, which they declare undermine British sovereignty.
Loyalist rioting throughout the province in April was attributed, partly, to anger over the protocol.
The UK and EU have agreed a three-month delay to the introduction of recent checks on chilled meats.
Nonetheless this might simply postpone the following confrontation with Brussels till the autumn.
Britain formally left the EU in January 2020, after quite a few delays brought on by parliament.
Nonetheless till the top of December it remained carefully tied to the bloc, throughout the Brexit transition interval.
Mr Johnson’s Brexit deal changed this relationship, restoring Britain as a totally unbiased buying and selling nation.