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UK will not pay 100 billion euro EU exit bill, says Brexit minister

Britain's Secretary of State for leaving the EU David Davis speaks at the Prosperity UK 2017 conference in London, April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will not be paying 100 billion euros (84.58 billion pounds) to leave the European Union, Brexit minister David Davis said on Wednesday after the Financial Times reported that the EU was preparing to demand that amount.

Citing its own analysis of new stricter demands it said were driven by France and Germany, the newspaper said 100 billion euros was a gross figure.

“We’ll not be paying 100 billion. What we’ve got to do is discuss in detail what the rights and obligations are,” Davis told British channel ITV.

He also said that the British government had not seen a figure from the EU for the exit bill.

The FT said that after requests from member states, EU negotiators had revised their initial calculations to maximise the liabilities Britain would be asked to cover, including post-Brexit farm payments and EU administration fees in 2019 and 2020.

Reporting by Estelle Shirbon, editing by Guy Faulconbridge