Exclusive: UK has already paid EU over £41 billion NET since voting leave

And we’ll be paying the EU for Brexit for the next 44 years – why?

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A preliminary Facts4EU.Org report on the cost of the Brexit delays to date

In all the talk about the UK-EU ‘trade deal’, it is all too easy to forget the concerns about many different aspects of what the UK Government has already agreed with the EU. One of these concerns is the so-called ‘divorce bill’ demanded by the EU and built into the EU’s ‘Withdrawal Agreement’.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org is regularly asked by readers about this. Over the years we have published our research on the legal and financial aspects many times. If readers are interested, we could update the facts and figures, and produce a definitive, summary report?

The £41 billion we’ve paid to the EU from mid-2016 to end-2020

In the meantime, there's the small matter of £41 billion pounds... Below are the baseline figures for what the UK has already paid the EU since the UK electorate voted to leave the EU on 23 June 2016. Obviously these do not include all the payments which the EU is demanding from this year (2021) onwards.

Please note: In this short summary today we are only quoting the minimum figures which are presented by the likes of HM Treasury, the Office for Budget Responsibility, and the House of Commons Library. As we have pointed out many times before, these do NOT include all payments to the EU. If we produce an updated report on the ‘divorce bill’ we will explain what these additional payments comprise.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org Summary

What we have already paid the EU since we voted to leave it

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Whatever happened to the ‘£33bn settlement’ to the EU?

For the last few years a figure for the so-called ‘divorce bill’ of £33bn has been bandied around, by the Treasury and by commentators. It has then been explained to us that this original figure will be reduced because of the delays in implementing Brexit.

What is never said is that the overall amount of money which the UK public will have paid to the EU, since the vote to leave, has increased significantly over the last few years. Above we show the official Government figures for just the years since the EU Referendum. This will be increased significantly by all the payments from this year onwards.

What is also never said is that the amounts paid by the UK to the EU – both in the last four years from mid-2016 to end-2020, and which will be paid subsequently – do NOT include the UK’s payments into the EU’s massive ‘off-budget’ funds.


Would you like to know the facts about this ‘divorce bill’ – and just how much it is likely to cost us? Would you like to know why we will still be paying the EU in 2064? Would you like to know about ‘the extras’ which do not appear in the official summaries?

Would you like to know when this was all agreed and who agreed it?


You will not get this information from the BBC, Sky News, or ITN. You will not get it anywhere else either, to be perfectly frank.

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[ Sources: HM Treasury | Office for Budget Responsibility ] Politicians and journalists can contact us for details, as ever.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org, Thur 07 Jan 2021

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