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Yet more BETRAYAL? – Theresa May kickstarts trade talks by accepting £53bn bill

Brussels sources say the prime minister has used officials to signal financial concessions
Brussels sources say the prime minister has used officials to signal financial concessionsULRICH BAUMGARTEN


European Union negotiators have started drawing up the outlines of a future trade deal with Britain after receiving signals from the government that it would agree to pay more than €60bn (£53bn) for the “Brexit bill”.

Negotiators in Brussels say Theresa May will be able to claim a victory before Christmas as trade talks get going — but made clear the prime minister has used officials to signal financial concessions.

May’s Brexit adviser, Oliver Robbins, was told last week that EU officials need to see only a “single sentence” in writing to indicate Britain’s acceptance of budget commitments known as reste à liquider (RAL) and the UK’s share of the cost of MEP pensions and aid budgets.

May has already offered to pay €20bn during a two-year transition period. The EU estimates the UK owes €32bn more in RAL and a further €10bn for other liabilities. This would bring the total to some €62bn. The final sum would not be thrashed out until the end of the talks.

“If they [the UK government] are smart, they will use this to claim victory and say trade talks have finally started,” said a senior EU negotiator, adding that “internal preparatory work” on the trade deal was already under way and would accelerate ahead of the December summit.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theresa-may-kickstarts-trade-talks-by-accepting-53bn-bill-5b8bvqbjs

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Bill
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What an absolute let down, we pay those in Westminster to care for our interests.
They and May are not fit for purpose.

C A Dark
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£53billion, looks like it wont be long before Brussels have got the £100billion they initially asked for. What an absolute sickening joke, we are taken for fools. And as for protests on the streets, well I’d love to see it and join in, but today’s British seem too lazy to get off their rears, even though the country is being sold out right from under those same rears.

Jane Davies
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This is an outrage…..it cannot have escaped her that the taxpayers do not want this unnecessary payment of their money. We have been told that legally the UK does not need to pay a penny so why has she betrayed the voters on this? I just knew she would do this, todays politicians have no backbone and no sense of loyalty to Britain as they have spent the last 40+ years doing the bidding from Brussels. Her days are well and truly numbered…..I hope there are protests on the streets at her capitulation on this.

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