40 billion euros is UK's bargaining price for divorce with EU

UK PM Theresa May. Pic/AFP
UK PM Theresa May. Pic/AFP

Britain is prepared to pay up to 40 billion euros ($47 billion) as part of a deal to leave the European Union, the Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported, citing three unnamed sources familiar with Britain's negotiating strategy.

The EU has floated a figure of 60 billion euros and wants significant progress on settling Britain's liabilities before talks start on issues such as future trading arrangements. The government department responsible for Brexit talks declined to comment on the article. So far, Britain has given no official indication of how much it would be willing to pay.

"We know (the EU's) position is 60 billion euros, but the actual bottom line is 50 billion euros. Ours is closer to 30 billion euros but the actual landing zone is 40 billion euros, even if the public and politicians are not all there yet," the newspaper quoted one "senior Whitehall source" as saying.

Whitehall is the London district where most British government departments and ministers are based. A second Whitehall source said Britain's bottom line was "30 billion euros to 40 billion euros" and a third source said Prime Minister Theresa May was willing to pay "north of 30 billion euros", the Sunday Telegraph reported.

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