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- Pro-Brexit MPs are pushing the government to try and get a share of the EU’s wine collection.
- UK negotiators will reportedly ask for 5,000 of the EU’s 42,000 bottles.
Brexit is throwing up a whole host of thorny issues. How will European Union citizens living in the United Kingdom be affected? What will it mean for the Irish border? How will an independent UK trade with the EU?
But now another pressing question has arisen: What does it all mean for the European Union’s wine collection?
The 28 member state bloc has 42,000 bottles in its cellars – and pro-Brexit politicians in the UK are now calling for Britain to take back its share as it leaves.
As previously reported by the Daily Mail, Conservative MP Sir Edward Leigh raised the issue in a question in Parliament on Thursday, saying: “The European Union is estimated to have a wine cellar of over 42,000 bottles and artwork worth more than £13 million – someone might say metaphorically looted from the capitals of Europe.
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“After we leave the party, will the minister promise to take back control of our fair share of this art and wine and not leave it to Mr Juncker to enjoy?”
Brexit minister Robin Walker responded that the government was looking at the question of wine alongside other assets to be settled with the EU. “[Sir Edward Leigh] raises a very interesting question – the legal basis of those assets and liabilities has been analysed in detail and accounted for in the overall settlement,” he said.
According to The Telegraph, Britain is set to ask for 5,000 bottles of wine and 250 bottles of spirits, as well as €2.25 million of artwork owned by the EU as it attempts to “take back control.”