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Germany faces hefty bill from hard Brexit, says EU's Günther Oettinger

A messy Brexit without a London-Brussels deal would land Germany a substantial bill, EU commissioner Günther Oettinger has warned. He reckons Britain's parliament will opt in January for a formal divorce.

Oettinger, the EU's budget commissioner, said Thursday that if Britain ended up not paying its dues into the 28-nations' coffers in 2019 under a "hard" Brexit, Germany's extra bill would amount to what he termed "in the mid-three digit range" of hundreds of millions of euros.

The former Baden-Württemberg regional state premier and conservative Christian Democrat (CDU) told newspapers of Germany's Funke media group that November's draft Brexit deal could still be adopted in Westminster.

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"It is not entirely unlikely that the British parliament will vote in January for the divorce agreement," Öttinger said. "For a disorderly Brexit or for a new referendum there is certainly no majority [in Britain]."

He was of the view that the possibility that Britain might somehow remain in the EU had increased in the previous months,

"Nevertheless, I assume that it will come to an exit at the end of March," said Oettinger.

ipj/se (AFP, Reuters)

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