Dear Mr Barnier, Mr Juncker, Mr Tusk and Mr Verhofstadt,
On the 23rd June, the British people voted to leave the European Union. I know that this was not the result that you were hoping for. However, I believe that in the longer term this could be a huge opportunity for the United Kingdom and the EU.
I was therefore disappointed to read that the European Commission may demand that the UK pays a ‘Brexit Bill’ of €60bn. Since joining the EU, the UK has made some of the largest monetary contributions of any EU member state. Since 2000 we have given €100bn (or £85bn) more to the EU than we got back.
Britain has also helped keep European citizens safe, sharing vital intelligence and playing a leading role in NATO’s military alliance. We will continue to play this role for years to come but are able to do so only because we are one of very few countries to meet NATO’s defence spending target of 2% of GDP.
The vast majority of people in the UK sincerely wish the EU well and want to see a strong union of the 27 nation states succeed. We also wish to have a close and constructive relationship with the EU in the future. It is therefore disappointing that the Commission seems to want to begin our new relationship with such an unreasonable and unrealistic demand and I hope you and your colleagues will think again.
With best regards from Britain,
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