The European Union has threatened to hold the UK to ransom if it fails to pay the bill, in a scathing attack on democracy following Britain’s momentous Brexit vote.
An EU source told a German newspaper: “A deal with Britain is inconceivable if the British do not settle these liabilities.”
EU Commission lawyers have warned Theresa May’s Government a failure to pay up would equal a debt default, according to reports.
The now 27-member bloc has been pushing through a mountain of bills unpaid for years, which now amounts to more than €200billion (£170billion) and it is alleged that the British share is around €25 billion euros (£20billion).
The crumbling Brussels club appears to be desperately trying to put blocks in the way of a British exit following the Leave vote on June 23.
EU big cheese Jean-Claude Juncker has already warned Britain will not gain access to the single market if it refuses to accept freedom of movement rules.