Moggy wrote:Hexx wrote:Brussels wants UK to pay for relocation of EU agencies out of London, leak suggests
According to a leaked draft of the European commission’s proposed Brexit negotiating guidelines, Brussels is going to ask the UK to pay the costs of relocating EU agencies out of London.
Politico Europe, which obtained the document (pdf), says the approach it proposes is “hardline” and “more in-your-face ... than EU officials had previously suggested”.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and European Banking Authority (EBA) are both currently based in London’s Canary Wharf. The document says the UK should pay for them to move to the continent, saying:
The United Kingdom should fully cover the specific costs related to the withdrawal process such as the relocation of the agencies or other Union bodies.
Politico Europe says this could even lead to the UK being asked to pay “the travel and expenses of negotiators on both sides, as well as extraordinary summit meetings of EU leaders”.
The DM and Breitbart just melted down.
To be fair, I can't see why the UK should pay specifically for the relocation of agencies. We should be paying a fair settlement of course, but it would be a bit cheeky to demand the UK pay the full costs for an office move.
We should say they can stay, but as we are no longer going to be part of the EU there is a massive fee to run EU business from a non EU country.
If the UK agrees to pay anything towards moving costs it will be ridiculous. What is in it for us?