Treated at first as a joke, the EU is determined to squeeze the UK purse to the limit.
Originally mooted at between €45 and €60bn, the EU is now believed to be determined to extract the higher amount. Many of the EU’s array of dubious projects in research, infrastructure, the environment etc. will be outstanding come Britain’s departure from the EU. But it defies belief for a 28th of the cost of a couple of new bridges in the Balkans and the odd beekeeping school to add up to double the UK’s defence spending in 2016. Adding the pensions of the likes of Lords Mandelson and Kinnock helps beef up the estimates, but not significantly.
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