Eurocrats, together with the French President Emmanuel Macron, are determined to get their hands on the £39 billion they say we owe the EU for having the temerity to leave the bloc.
And strangely they are joined by those on the Remain side in the UK who all want to see the UK (and themselves into the bargain) punished with a huge bill when we do leave.
But as I pointed out yesterday, there are those over here in the UK who say we don't owe a penny, starting with the House of Lords EU financial affairs sub committee. After all we never borrowed anything from the EU, did we?
Then there's Tory MP Charlie Elphicke and Martin Howe QC, who wrote an analysis on the UK's financial obligations to the EU and of the jurisdiction to enforce them and concluded that the UK does not owe any money as a 'Brexit divorce bill'.
And Jacob Rees-Mogg pointed out in a Tweet that:
"As we do not owe £39 billion not paying it cannot be a default, this French panic merely proves what a powerful negotiating tool it is."
But the EU is insistent that the UK owes what it has committed to until the end of the current Multiannual Financial Framework, or MFF, covering the years 2014 to 2020. Brussels claims that we owe it because we committed to the agreement as a sovereign nation.
So as far as I can see, the £39 billion figure is derived from the amount Brus..