Pay up in instalments, EU to tell Britain on disputed bill

November 7, 2014 9:01 AM

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Pay up in instalments, EU to tell Britain on disputed bill

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU finance ministers told Britain on Friday that the only way to resolve a row over a surprise budget bill to Brussels is to pay in interest-free instalments, officials said, but Britain's finance minister insisted the bill was "unacceptable".

The row has become a highly contentious issue in Britain in the run-up to a general election in May, putting Prime Minister David Cameron under pressure from Eurosceptics at home and costing British support for the country's continued membership of the European Union.

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