Brexit: UK could demand £9bn back from EU instead of paying divorce bill

Brexit negotiators are confident they can dramatically reduce the size of any bill for leaving the EU, according to legal documents circulated in the Department for Exiting the European Union.

It has previously been suggested that the UK might have to pay around £50bn to the EU after Article 50 was triggered, to plug the deficit in its budget the departure will cause.

The document was drawn up by Martin Howe QC, a founding member of  Lawyers for Britain, a group of lawyers who campaigned for Britain to leave the EU in last year’s referendum.

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