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EU is DESPERATE: May told not to ‘blink’ on Brexit bill as money ‘CRITICAL’ to good deal

THERESA May must not to buckle to the EU after it demanded Britain trebles its offer for the Brexit divorce bill, Eurosceptic Tories have urged.

Michel Barnier, the EU’s top Brexit negotiator, said yesterday the UK must show “real and sincere progress” in Brexit talks in the next two weeks if it wants to break the deadlock with Brussels by the end of 2017.The Prime Minister is thought to be considering improving the divorce bill offer, after European diplomats told her £18billion (€20bn) will not be enough.

And sources close to the British negotiating team said talks are at risk of collapsing if Brussels refuses to take a more reasonable approach.

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Theresa May has been urged to stand firm in the face of Michel Barnier’s demands


They think we blinked in Florence and now they believe we will blink again. We must not blink

Iain Duncan Smith

But Eurosceptics in the Conservative party said the divorce bill settlement is “critical” – and the UK cannot afford to concede even more ground.Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith told the Telegraph: “They think we blinked in Florence and now they believe we will blink again. We must not blink.

“The one big hand we have is money. They are desperate. If we give away that, we give away any chance of getting a good free trade agreement.

“The two get decided at the same time. The money is critical, we cannot give any more ground on this. Tory Eurosceptics are getting really unnerved by this.

“It is stretching them to breaking.”

Boris Johnson previously said the EU “can go whistle” if it wants a larger divorce bill and he is rallying Brexiteers to put pressure on Theresa May to stand firm.One of his allies said: “You don’t pay your bill at a restaurant halfway through; you pay at the end. That’s sensible business.”

Yesterday Brexit minister David Davis told Mr Barnier that it was time to show “flexibility, imagination and willingness” to deal with the deadlock in talks in response to the EU negotiator’s ultimatum.

Asked if the UK would need to offer clarification on the financial settlement in the next two weeks to get talks moving by December, Mr Barnier responded with “Oui”.

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Allies of Boris Johnson have said the UK needs to adopt a strong stance in Brexit negotiations


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Eurosceptic Tory MP Iain Duncan Smith has told the press that Britain cannot afford to ‘blink’


Yesterday Mr Barnier claimed there would not be much progress this week following the sixth round of talks, telling European commissioners not to expect any breakthrough on discussions with Mr Davis.Talks between the two Brexit negotiators have long been stalled over EU demands on citizens rights, the Irish border and the so-called ‘divorce bill’.

But senior EU diplomats told the Telegraph that Britain must pay its outstanding budget contributions and pensions if any progress is being made, saying trust between Britain and the EU is under threat.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/878303/theresa-may-told-not-to-blink-on-Brexit-bill-as-money-critical-to-eu-deal

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John Bailey
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Please Mrs May get us out of the EU without further delay. If this means WTO rules, so be it. We in Britain are being made to look weak and useless, and that is so unnecessary.

Jane Davies
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“EU diplomats told the Telegraph that Britain must pay its outstanding budget contributions and pensions.” If any money is paid for this then those whose state pensions are frozen will be demanding (they have been fighting for justice for years already) an end to this decades old scandal that sees their paid for state pensions reduce year after year just because of where they live in retirement. The government defend this outrageous and blatant discrimination by saying the country can’t afford to treat the 4% in the same way as the 96%. Despite the fact that ALL who have paid… Read more »
Bill
Member

“Saying trust between Britain and the EU is under threat.”

Yes we all know that, why would anyone trust a criminal because that is exactly what these bullies in Brussels are.
May should say we will pay them 500 billion the moment their CORRUPT books are audited as long as they balance.

They will never balance their books because hundreds of billions have already gone missing.

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