THE EU will sue Britain for up to £50billion at the International Court of Justice if it does not agree to its terms, a leaked EU memo claims.
Britain will also have no access to the single market without accepting freedom of movement, and lose some existing trade advantages.
The EU’s draft negotiating strategy, leaked to Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant, also says Europe wants an early deal on the status of EU nationals in the UK and Britons in the EU.
A Lords committee has argued that Britain could ignore the ‘divorce bill’ if no agreement is reached. But the paper quotes an EU official warning: ‘In that case, see you in The Hague!’ EU leaders have agreed to meet on April 29 — one month after Theresa May triggers Article 50 with European Council president Donald Tusk. Mrs May yesterday said it would ‘start to deliver the result of the referendum’.
But Mr Tusk (pictured) warned that British voters had decided to leave ‘therefore we must do everything we can to make the process of divorce the least painful for the EU’.