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‘Brits HAVE to budge!’ Germany explodes over Brexit bill as Belgium issues no deal warning

GERMANY today issued a furious demand to Theresa May that she will “have to budge” and up her cash offer to Brussels as Belgium warned of the growing prospect of a no deal Brexit.

Berlin’s foreign minister Michael Roth said the deadlocked negotiations are now “about the money” and that no member states will come to the UK’s rescue until it agrees to cough up.Meanwhile the Belgian deputy prime minister Didier Reynders gave a stark assessment of the state of the talks, saying it is time for the EU to prepare for “all scenarios”.

His dire warning came after it emerged that Brussels has set up a new unit, separate to Michel Barnier’s negotiating team, which will be tasked with bracing the bloc for a no deal Brexit.

Both men made the remarks as they arrived for a crunch meeting of the EU’s General Affairs Council (GAC) in Brussels this morning, at which ministers will discuss the divorce talks state of play and vote on the relocation of two agencies from London to the continent.

German foreign minister Michael RothEbS•GETTY

German foreign minister Michael Roth


Dutch foreign minister Halbe ZijlstraEbS

Dutch foreign minister Halbe Zijlstra


Asked whether the EU needs to see a better cash offer from Britain to unstick the negotiations, Mr Roth replied: “Yes. In the end it’s about the rights of the citizens of the EU and it is about the money.“I’ve already made it clear that the British will have to budge and they will have to comply with their contractual obligations. Nobody can release them from this.”

In her Florence speech the prime minister promised to cover Britain’s remaining commitments to the EU’s seven-year budget cycle, which ends in 2020, amounting to roughly £20 billion.

On top of that, she also said the UK will pay for costs incurred during its membership including pensions liabilities for British eurocrats, which are expected to add an extra £30-40 billion.

The British will have to budge

German foreign minister Michael Roth

However, much to the chagrin of EU leaders Downing Street has refused to formalise these promises in writing by signing up to a concrete formula for calculating the Brexit bill.Instead, Mrs May is attempting to hold on to her one remaining trump card until she has received greater assurances from the European side about what a future trade deal will look like.

This has led to a high-stakes stand-off between the two sides with EU officials now warning a declaration of ‘sufficient progress’ is now looking increasingly unlikely at next month’s crucial summit.

In an unprompted statement today, Mr Reynders said EU leaders need to see significant progress “in the coming days and weeks” if the two sides are to avoid a potentially catastrophic no deal exit.

He told reporters: “We must prepare for all scenarios. If we do not advance significantly on the principle points…I fear that we will have to imagine the situation where there is not a deal.”Arriving at the same meeting the Dutch foreign minister, Halbe Zijlstra, said the EU side had seen “a lot of signals” from Britain but needed more concrete commitments before the talks can progress.

He said the political instability in Germany, where coalition talks have collapsed throwing Angela Merkel’s future into doubt, will not impact on the Brexit negotiations because Mr Barnier is in charge.

Mr Zijlstra said: “It doesn’t really affect the Brexit progress because at this moment we’re waiting for a substantial offer from the British and there’s not really a role for the Germans at this moment.

In a clear plea to Downing Street he added: “I’ve seen a lot of signals, but that’s happening for a few months now, so it has to be concrete and on the table instead of in the press.”

https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/881818/Brexit-news-Germany-tells-Britain-up-divorce-bill-offer-Belgium-warns-no-deal

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John Bailey
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Mrs May, please dumbfound your critics, and announce that we are leaving. Let us pay the minimum amount, or preferably nothing at all, and just GET OUT. Then let us see how Mr Barnier reacts.

brexit121
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Germany needs to get its own house in order. We have a so called leader in place (God Help us) Germany do not even have a leader at the moment. As to money being on the table. It isn’t the governments money to give away, it belongs to the tax payers. The offer of any money should be removed from the table to see what the EU want to offer in exchange for these ridiculous sums of money they are demanding. Nothing they can give though, to me justifies any money as a divorce bill. Leave the club, as that… Read more »
Bill
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Mr Roth replied: “Yes. In the end it’s about the rights of the citizens of the EU and it is about the money.“I’ve already made it clear that the British will have to budge and they will have to comply with their contractual obligations. Nobody can release them from this.”

Please show us the contract or shut up.

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