United Kingdom will pay for the "beer" it ordered

The parable by the spokesman for the European Union illustrates how it will be to London its separation from the bloc

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2017-02-23 | 22:35:32 EST
BRUSSELS. - The European Union (EU) divorce will cost the United Kingdom a “very hefty bill ", and the future architecture of relations between the United Kingdom and the European Union, will need years," the European Commission (EC) President Jean-Claude Juncker has warned, in a speech before the Belgian Parliament.

"The British should know this, they know this already that it will not be at a discount or at zero cost. The British must respect commitments they were involved in making. “So the bill will be, to put it a bit crudely, very hefty.” Juncker said, according to Notimex.

Negotiations are scheduled to begin in mid-March, the month in which British Prime Minister Theresa May has promised to formalize the separation request.

The European Commission has hitherto reported not calculating the exact cost of the exit for the United Kingdom; however other sources in Brussels are shuffling the figure of 60 billion euros ($ 63.1 billion), corresponding to Community items already previously committed and accepted by all the member countries of the regional bloc.

"It's like going to a pub with 27 friends and ordering a round of beer. Then you want to leave the pub; but you still have to pay for the round you asked for, “ a community spokesman recently said to illustrate by a very British example the commitment to London.

For his part, Juncker has urged European governments not to be "naive" in negotiating with the British, but not to do so "with a heart full of hostilities; but knowing that the continent owes much to the United Kingdom."

The president of the European Commission has confessed that he is sad to "see leaving a country that is a true European actor".

On the other hand, Juncker said that the European Union has not yet completely overcome the economic and financial crisis. "All the problems we have had have been solved, but they have not been solved entirely."

That is why, according to the high-ranking EU leader, "we will need to give the euro all the necessary institutional tenderness," he said in Brussels before Belgian parliamentarians.

Translated by ESTI

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