EU's £50bn revenge: Luxembourg PM vows to use Brexit divorce bill to avenge Thatcher's historic rebate victory over Brussels

Mail Online | 7/29/2017 | Simon Walters for The Mail on Sunday
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A key EU leader has vowed to use Britain’s Brexit divorce bill to avenge Margaret Thatcher’s historic victory in her budget war with Brussels.

Mrs Thatcher won a £4 billion yearly rebate in 1984 after a bruising four-year campaign to reduce the annual amount Britain paid into Brussels coffers. But Mr Bettel, who succeeded European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker as Luxembourg PM in 2013, made it clear the boot is now on the other foot.

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He criticised Boris Johnson’s dismissive comment that the EU could ‘go whistle’ in response to reports that Britain faced a massive divorce bill. He also accused the Foreign Secretary of ‘bragging’ by claiming Britain ‘can have its cake and eat it’ by leaving the EU. ‘It is not possible to have your cake and eat it too – Boris Johnson knows that,’ he said.

Britain ‘might only begin to discover’ the harsh reality of life outside the EU after it had left, he warned. There was evidence some voters ‘regretted the result of the referendum’.

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