The view from Brussels: How negotiations between the UK and the EU on Brexit financial settlement are slowly making progress
The head of Open Europe's Brussels office, Pieter Cleppe, discusses the ongoing negotiations between the UK and the EU on the so-called "financial settlement" of Britain's possible obligations to the EU.
Some progress has been made on the issue, even though we are still far from a deal. The overall amounts which are being suggested, estimated to range from 30 billion euro net to 100 billion euro gross, aren’t that gigantic in the grand scheme of things, and of course money is always useful to smooth any deal.
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