Boris Johnson told to ‘come clean’ over true cost of EU’s eye-watering Brexit divorce bill

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Former Brexit Party MP Ben Habib urged the Prime Minister to “come clean” after emerged the EU’s demands for just one part of the settlement had soared by £2.6billion in two years. Facts4EU.Org said UK taxpayers had paid the EU an eye-watering £41billion since voting to quit the bloc in 2016.

The Government needs to come clean on the value of the divorce bill

Ben Habib

And the group warned its shocking new analysis had revealed Britain faces the prospect of forking out billions more to Brussels with payments scheduled for the next 44 years.

Mr Habib, one of the former Brexit Party MEPs who served from the 2019 European Elections until Britain left the EU under the terms of the transition period on January 31 last year, is now demanding answers from Number 10.

He tweeted: “The £39 billion bill will be much worse than advertised. The Government needs to come clean on the value of the divorce bill.”

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Mr Habib was commenting on Facts4EU.Org’s preliminary report, published on the organisation’s website, which breaks down the total amount handed over to Brussels in the four-and-a-half years since the Brexit referendum.

It reveals total payments of £5.1billion in the second half of 2016, £9.3billion in 2017, £9.1billion in 2018, £9.4billion in 2019 and £8.2billion last year.

David Evans, spokesman for the Facts4EU.Org team told its report was based on official Government figures gathered from HM Treasury, the Office for Budget Responsibility, and the House of Commons Library.

He said: “What the Government’s numbers are telling us all is that since the Referendum we’ve already paid the EU more than the £33billion they said we would pay as a ‘divorce bill’.

“And according to the Office for Budget Responsibility, we still have another 44 years of further payments to come. This will take us to 2064.

“There’s now no doubt that the eventual bill from the EU will be much higher in the end.

He continued: “We’re delving into this and will be producing a second report showing just how much the EU is demanding.

“This will include payments into EU off-budget funds which are never included in official statements.

“People deserve to know the truth about this.”

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Robert Oulds, director of the Bruges Group think tank commented: “The taxpayer has been used and abused by Brussels.

“Britain has been borrowing money to pay the EU, getting deeper into debt to fund their failure.

“We should be demanding our money back – it’s needed at home.”

The UK was the second-biggest net contributor to the EU before Brexit,  after Germany but ahead of France, Italy and the Netherlands.

The amount the UK paid in each year was reduced by a rebate negotiated by former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1984.

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