A low­ball of­fer to E.U. for Brexit money

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

Bri­tain is ready to pay up to 40 bil­lion eu­ros ($47 bil­lion) as part of a deal to leave the Euro­pean Union, the Sunday Tele­graph news­pa­per re­ported late Satur­day, cit­ing three un­named gov­ern­ment sources.

The news­pa­per said Bri­tain was pre­pared to pay the sum only as part of a wider deal that in­cluded a trade agree­ment with the E.U.

“We know [the E.U.’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 a se­nior civil ser­vice source as say­ing.

The Bri­tish gov­ern­ment min­istry in charge of E.U. ne­go­ti­a­tions de­clined to com­ment on the re­port.

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