UK at loggerheads with EU again over £41bn Brexit ‘divorce bill’

Brussels’ accounts reveal amount expected, but London says: ‘We don’t recognise that figure’

The government has rejected claims it owes the European Union £41bn for a Brexit “divorce bill”, even as it emerged the first payments have been made.

Brussels and Westminster reopened a dispute about the size of the bill, after the publication of the EU’s 2020 accounts revealed the European Commission expected €47.5bn (£40.8bn) from the UK, a sum higher than British estimates.

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