The EU wants Britain to continue paying for overseas English teachers at elite European schools
Two draft reports outlining the EU's position for the upcoming divorce talks were circulated to member states this week, providing new details on the divorce bill.
Four pages of the paper’s appendix reportedly provide a detailed list of 74 EU bodies and funds which Britain allegedly has committed to help fund until 2020.
Among them is an obligation for the UK "to continue to contribute to the funding of the teachers it seconded to the European schools in line with the cost-sharing agreement related to the secondment of British and Irish teachers".
The papers call for the UK to continue funding the schools until the end of the academic year 2020-21, the Financial Times reported.
Roughly 27,000 students currently attend the exclusive institutions, which are controlled jointly by the EU and the member state they are based in.
One of the schools is the European School of Brussels – where foreign secretary and prominent Leave campaigner Boris Johnson was once a student.
The European Schools group was established in Luxembourg in 1953, originally to standardise teaching across European nations.
The draft papers were circulated by EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier
The schools' mission statement, as stated by "father of Europe" Jean Monnet, reads: "Educated side by side, untroubled from infancy by divisive prejudices, acquainted with all that is great and good in the different cultures, it will be borne in upon them as they mature that they belong together.
"Without ceasing to look to their own lands with love and pride, they will become in mind Europeans, schooled and ready to complete and consolidate the work of their fathers before them, to bring into being a united and thriving Europe."
The 14 schools are located in seven countries – Luxembourg, Brussels, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the UK. The European School of Culham, in Oxfordshire, is the only one in the UK, but will close this year and move to France.
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Among other obligations Britain will be asked to cover include promises to fund Syrian refugees in Turkey, aid for the Central African Republic, the EU aviation safety agency and the European Institute for Gender Equality.
The paper reportedly states: "The United Kingdom obligations should be fixed as a percentage of the EU obligations calculated at the date of withdrawal in accordance with a methodology to be agreed in the first phase of the negotiations.”
It also claims that British people, businesses and organisations would continue to benefit from some of the EU’s funds for some time after Brexit.
But it understood the three-page main document made no mention of Britain getting credit for a share of EU buildings, as British ministers have said it should have.