This is the real reason the EU did and do not want the UK to leave the EU.
We were and still are until 31 December 2020 a major contributor to the EU, eventually our money will be sorely missed.
That is when they have fritted away the supposed Brexit penalty, sorry the leaving divorce bill payment of an assumed amount of £39 billion.
If we do leave with a deal then £39 billion ,ay keep the EU afloat for a month or two.
But if we leave with No Deal, would they receive a Penny.
The EU desperately need the UK or should I say our money if they have any hope of survival.
GW: Basically the EUSSR is spending more money than [[[they]]] have got – always have – the accounts are unaudited – & unfortunately most of the money has gone into various blackholes. A good bit of it goes on keeping Brussels Bureaucrats in an opulent lifestyle while the tax payers struggle. I talked with a colleague who was in Brussels on Brexit evening & he said that the whole place was rather depressing. The architecture was especially unattractive but opulent & that very nearby there was a slum like district – cheek to jowl with the EU Parliament monstrosity???? He assumed that was where the ”staff” were housed – skivvies who support the various Bureaucratic Bar Stewards higher up the food chain who have their own wineries etc – Verhofstadt & Co – I can’t verify because my trip there was just to the bijoux tourist bits.