UK estimates Brexit bill 'up to 45b euros'
Britain estimates the ultimate cost of meeting its financial obligations to the European Union on Brexit at 40 to 45 billion euros ($A62 to $70.3 billion), a senior UK source says.
"We expect the range to be between 35 and 39 billion pounds," the spokesman said. "We would look at it as a fair settlement of our obligations."
The size of the so-called "divorce bill" emerged after European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker announced on Friday that he is recommending leaders of the remaining 27 EU states give a green light to the start of trade talks next Thursday.Macron makes case for UK to stay in EU
The breakthrough was hailed by UK Prime Minister Theresa May as "a hard-won agreement in all our interests", while Juncker said it represented "sufficient progress" for negotiations to move on to their second phase.
In dramatic pre-dawn scenes, May and Brexit Secretary David Davis flew to Brussels to confirm with Juncker the text of a joint document setting out proposals on the key divorce issues of citizens' rights, the Irish border and Britain's exit bill.