Negotiators considering offer to solve problems caused by UK leaving bloc before end of seven-year budget

The UK could continue to get farm payments and aid for poorer regions for two years after it leaves the EU, if it agrees to pay into the EU budget until the end of 2020, under plans being considered by EU diplomats.

The potential offer to sweeten the pill of the UK’s Brexit bill is a sketchy idea rather than a detailed proposal, but two sources familiar with the Brexit negotiations confirmed it had been discussed. “It would solve a lot of problems and mean there is no hole [in the EU budget] in 2019-2020,” said one senior source.

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