The U.K. will have to pay a bill of about 50 billion pounds ($62 billion) when it leaves the European Union, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned as British Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to trigger the formal start of the exit process.
While there is no desire to punish Britain for leaving the bloc, the EU must deter other countries from following, the head of the EU’s executive arm told the BBC in an interview broadcast on Friday.
“We have to calculate scientifically what the British commitments were and then the bill has to be paid,” he said. Asked if the bill will be 50 billion pounds, which is about 58 billion euros, Juncker replied: “It’s around that.”
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