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The U.K. acknowledged for the first time in writing that it will have to pay money to the European Union when it withdraws from the bloc, seeking to damp down a row over the country's so-called Brexit bill.Britain's divorce bill is one of the thorniest issues in the Brexit negotiations, with media speculation putting the fee as high as 100 billion euros ($114 billion). This may be thwarted by the government's intention to end the European Court of Justice's jurisdiction in the U.K. and freedom of movement.EU negotiator Michel Barnier hasn't publicly endorsed a number and argued he is only asking the U.K. to cover financial commitments it made as member of a bloc, which may extend beyond 2019 .In the past, some officials have questioned whether the U.K. has any legal obligation to pay anything.
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