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Round table discussion – 29.03.2017

“Who pays for Brexit?”

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Disagreements about the EU budget have always been a salient issue in the relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union. It is therefore no surprise that one of the key questions in the Brexit negotiations is “Who pays?”

Disagreements about the EU budget have always been a salient issue in the relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union. It is therefore no surprise that one of the key questions in the Brexit negotiations is “Who pays?”

In cooperation with the Centre for European Reform, we organised an informal round table to discuss the issue with experts, policymakers and stakeholders on Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 9.15-10.30 in Berlin.

The discussion was chaired by Charles Grant, Director of the Centre for European Reform in London.

The authors of two recent studies on the costs of Brexit gave short input presentations: 

Alex Barker, Brussels bureau chief of the Financial Times, presented his assessment of the ‘60 billion Brexit bill’, one of the potential roadblocks in the upcoming Brexit negotiations.

Jörg Haas, research fellow at the Jacques Delors Institut - Berlin, discussed how the European Union can fill the gap that Brexit leaves in the EU budget.

Subsequently, the floor was opened to participants from ministries, think tanks, and the private sector joined the debate.