The EU wants the UK to settle it’s share of costs when it leaves the EU. The settlement, or “divorce bill” is included financial commitments plus costs incurred from Brexit (such as relocating EU organisations out of the UK).
Based on discussions with the EU so far, the divorce bill is expected to be around £39 billion. But that’s assuming that the UK leaves under similar conditions to the draft withdrawal agreement. That deal has been rejected (three times) by Parliament. So we don’t have a deal. As things stand now, we’ll either leave the EU on October 31st with a new deal, or a further extension will be requested to give more time to consider our options.
If a deal is achieved, and assuming the divorce bill doesn’t change, we’ll also need to answer the questions as to whether £39 billion is a “fair” settlement? To answer that, we’ll be looking for a range of opinion.
If we leave without a deal, it’s likely the UK would pay nothing – or at least try to. It’s not entirely clear. There would most probably be disputes over any existing commitments made while the UK was still a member of the EU. So the promise to get a fair settlement will still apply, even if we leave without a deal.
As with most things Brexit, we’ll have to wait until we know the conditions under which we are leaving the EU. For now this is ‘in progress’. We’ll update this page as soon as there are any significant developments. Follow this policy for updates.
- Why does the UK have to pay the EU money to leave? – The UK in a Changing Europe
- The UK’s EU membership fee – Full Fact
- The EU “divorce bill” – Full Fact
- If we leave with no deal, how much of the divorce bill will we be legally obligated to pay? – Full Fact
- Reality Check: Brexit withdrawal agreement – what it all means – BBC
- Brexit: All you need to know about the UK leaving the EU – BBC
- Can a no-deal Brexit still happen? – BBC