President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker reiterated today that Britain would have to pay a Brexit bill.
The UK is expected to a pay a figure around £50billion after Theresa May begins the formal Brexit process.
Sir Malcolm Rifkind was left enraged responding to claims that Britain should simply walk away from the EU without paying a penny.
On Channel 4 News, he said: “They’re nuts. If they were to say that, which I don’t think they will.
Sir Malcolm Rifkind insisted the UK must pay the Brexit bill
“That would be a very very silly and immature thing to say, because first of all we are going to be a member for another two years.
“Part of whatever sum we are talking about cover that period. Part of it covers the pensions for people who work for us as well as for our other member states for when they retire.
“Part of it is for programmes that we are going to continue benefiting from.”
The Prime Minister is expected to trigger Article 50 on March 29 beginning the two year exit process.
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The President of the European Commission was left devastated by Britain’s devision to leave the EU as he described it as a “failure and a tragedy”.
Speaking to the BBC he said: “It will be a bill reflecting former commitments by the British Government and by the British Parliament.
“There will be no sanctions, no punishment, nothing of that kind.”
Mr Juncker explained that Britain would not be punished for their decision to Leave the EU, but still had to pay the bill.
He added: “I will be sad as I was sad when the referendum took place in Britain – for me it’s a tragedy.
“I’m in everything but a hostile mood when it comes to Britain. We’ll negotiate in a friendly way, a fair way, and we’re not naive.”