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Brussels chief Ursula von der Leyen hopes Italy beat England at Euro 2020 final in Brexit snub


EU chief Ursula von der Leyen hopes England lose Sunday’s Euro final – and will be cheering on Italy.

The Brussels supremo threw down Brexit battle lines ahead of the crunch cup tie in a stark break with the Commission’s normal footie neutrality.

EU Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen is rooting for Italy

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EU Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen is rooting for ItalyCredit: Reuters

Despite living in London as a student, her spokesperson said today: “Her heart is with the Squadra Azzura so she will be supporting Italy on Sunday.”

The German’s own national side crashed out of the tournament following a historic Three Lions 2-0 victory at Wembley.

Gareth Southgate’s squad will be cheered on Sunday by Boris Johnson who is attending the match – and this morning decked Downing Street in St George’s flags.

Ms von der Leyen nailed her colours to the mast amid fresh wrangling with Britain over a hefty Brexit bill.

A row erupted today when the EU slapped the UK with a £40.8billion divorce settlement.

Downing Street furiously rejected the figure and insisted it’s more like £37billion.

A No10 spokesperson hit back: “We don’t recognise that figure, it’s an estimate produced by the EU for its own internal accounting purposes.”

Boris Johnson decked Downing Street in St George's flags today

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Boris Johnson decked Downing Street in St George’s flags todayCredit: Reuters

For example, it doesn’t reflect all the money owed back to the UK, which reduces the amount we pay.”

Boris Johnson agreed to pay a divorce bill to foot the cost of the spending pledges made during the UK’s 47-year membership.

A European Commission spokesman insisted the new figure is “correct”.

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