1Britain eyes EU’s wine cellar as Brexit officials prepare to do battle over 42,000 bottles of plonk

Post date : Oct 08,2016

BRITAIN is set to raid the EU’s wine cellar — taking its share of 42,000 bottles of plonk.

Officials will battle the EU for its wine, cognac and spirits collection as part of Brexit negotiations.
It could mean the UK being handed around 5,000 bottles of wine, 250 bottles of spirits and around £2 million of the European Parliament’s art collection.

There will also be a demand for more than £8 million from the book collection from the European Court of Justice building.

Negotiations could be based on Britain making contributions of around an eighth of EU budget contributions.

One Brit official said: “Of course we will go for the assets.”

Eurosceptics will also seek to recover the former home of the Tory Party in Smith Square, central London, which currently is a base for the European Commission and Parliament in the UK.

The building is known for where Margaret Thatcher famously celebrated her election victories. Talks will also centre on the EU’s £7.5 billion property portfolio and dozens of space satellites.