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25 March 2017

Brexit is a failure and a tragedy, says EC chief Juncker

Brexit is “a failure and a tragedy”, the president of the European commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has said.

The EU’s most senior civil servant promised that Brussels would approach the negotiation of Britain’s withdrawal in a “friendly” and fair way, but warned that European institutions were not “naive” about the process.

He confirmed that the UK would be presented with a bill for leaving, but insisted this did not represent a punishment, but merely the settling of commitments made by the UK.

He did not put a figure on the bill, which reports suggest could amount to as much as €60bn (£52bn), to cover liabilities for projects that the UK previously agreed to help fund, as well as pensions for EU officials who served during the period of its membership.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/mar/24/brexit-a-failure-and-a-tragedy-says-ec-chief-jean-claude-juncker