Britain will fight for a share of the EU’s assets as Government lawyers prepare to battle with Brussels over Brexit.
It is understood the UK will try to recoup part of the organisations 42,000 bottle wine cellar, works of art and a chunk of its £7.5billion property holdings – including Margaret Thatcher’s former Conservative Party HQ 32 Smith Square in London.
And why not? A seriously, seriously, fun argument in fact. Just imagine what larks you could have there. They’re joint assets and we’ve paid for at least some of them. So, how much do we get? One 28th? Or as we’re more like one tenth (or whatever, but not far off that) of GDP then one tenth? Or as we’ve been net inpayers all along, more than that?
As we’re something like one tenth of the membership of Parliament can we claim one tenth of that? To be dynamited on Repeal of the European Communities Act Day?
We should in fact simply spend the whole of the two years of the Article 50 negotiations arguing about nothing but this. Then tell ’em to fuck off as we leave.