THE remaining members of the European Union will be expected to cough up at least half of Britain’s contribution to the bloc’s budget after Brexit, it has been revealed.
Britain’s exit from the sprawling superstate is estimated to leave a £9-12 billion black hole in the EU budget – the highest contribution made by an EU member other than Germany.
Gunther Oettinger, the European Budget Commissioner, has said the 27 states would have to fill the void that will be left by Britain.
Mr Oettinger told Germany’s Spiegel magazine: “I could imagine that we try to economise a part and that the remaining 27 member countries agree upon how to contribute the remaining amount.”
Eastern European countries, as well as France, are among those that could be hit hardest in a budget reshuffle, the budgeteer said.
But in response to Mr Oettinger’s threats, Eastern European leaders have said the EU’s budget is of less importance in comparison to securing migrants rights.