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The amount Britain may have to pay if it wants to get a good Brexit deal are becoming clearer by the day. The latest sum to be discussed is 50 billion EUROS (£44 billion). The Prime Minister has been accused of selling the UK out over the deal.

Is the 50 billion Euro deal saving or sinking the UK? Tell us what you think here.

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The value of the pound has drastically fallen to three-decade lows ever since the vote for Brexit. This lead to the questionning of Britain's long-term economy. How low can the pound's value go? How high can the cost of living rise to? Is anybody going to benefit from this decrease in value? Who are going to be the final victims of Brexit? The only "positive" outcome from Brexit (from my point of view) is the slowdown in the price of housing.  

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The recent news on the Financial Times highlighted that "Britain has reached a historic deal on its EU exit terms, enshrining special rights for 4m citizens and paying €40bn to €60bn in a hard-fought Brexit divorce settlement that clears the way for trade talks next year." ( https://www.ft.com/content/4ebcc00e-dbd4-11e7-a039-c64b1c09b482 ) What are your guys' thoughts? In my view, it is a tremendous move that we should all be excited about!

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From just after the victorious day in which the UK voted to leave the European Union (aka our Independence Day), Theresa May has assured the public that the UK, the massive country we are (used to be the superpower of the world, bear in mind) , would not be held to ransom by the EU over the divorce bill. Essentially, this 50 billion Euro deal is ridiculous - at least charge us in GBP for starters. If Theresa is uncomfortable about standing up and walking away from the table, she should...

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The EU divorce bill is a ridiculous demand and should not be paid. It is predicated by the fact the UK owes financial commitments to the EU. This is despite it being a net contributor to the European project. With the UK providing 16% of the EU’s budget, and with no plans to slash spending on the part of the European Union (or even consider the UK leaving the EU in future projections), the UK should demand comprehensive trade talks before paying, instead of paying for the trade talks...

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I believe that the 50 billion Euro deal can save the UK because of two main reasons. First, it can provide market confidence- Once the investors know the price of Brexit, they can be sure that the UK will not be incurring extra costs for exiting the EU since it is unlikely for the EU to break the agreement and demand more from the UK. As certainty is achieved, the investors can come up with better strategies to invest in the UK. Secondly, the 50 billion Euro deal may seem painful at first...

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It is very useful to get an idea of the size of the UK government expenditure.  The total bill for 2016–17 is £772 billion. So if met over a single year it would be 6% of spending. Quite a chunk, about equivalent to our yearly defense budget. Of course it won’t be incurred over a single year it could easily be spread over ten years with a more manageable £5 billion a year or 0.6% of expenditure. It terms of our GDP its about a third of that or 0.2%. And thus, I think the 50b Euros is n...

Wei Jiet Lim
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As the Brexit negotiations continue, it is becoming evident that Britain will receive an outcome with the European Union that is not only worse off than before, but now may indeed harm the United Kingdom further than anticipated. The costs associated within the Brexit campaign were infamously emblazoned on the side of the 'Brexit Bus' - £350 million per week. The message held the implication that should Brexit go ahead, we would be able to fund our NHS further. But we are yet to receive...

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I wonder whether this extortionately high divorce payment is simply the EU trying to make Britain think really seriously once again about what it is about to do. Has it set its figure this high to act as a disincentive for the British government? Surely no state would commit to that large a sum of money going to an institution it is supposedly not on favour of, especially when there is so much good that could be done with that money at home (NHS, housing, education, environment, to name but...

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 As Theresa May seeks to push for a “hard Brexit”, it seems that bilateral ties between the UK and China will strengthen as China continuously seeks to invest heavily in the UK market. Indeed the ‘Belt and Road’ initiative which forecasts a $2.5 trillion rise in global trade presents an unprecedented opportunity for the UK to strike trade agreements with China. This can already be seen via outbound investments in the M&A market between UK and China.  With regards to M&A, Dealogic...

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