Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

'They have to pay', EU's Juncker says of Britain

'They have to pay', EU's Juncker says of Britain

With concern mounting about the possibility they might run out of time for any deal, Davis renewed his call for European Union leaders to give a green light to trade talks after they meet Prime Minister Theresa May at a summit in Brussels next Thursday.

"If we allow, although this isn't only our thing, Catalonia to secede, others will do the same", said the Commission's chief. "That's the reason why this process will take longer than initially thought", Juncker said in a speech to students in his native Luxembourg.

Businesses planning investment decisions are calling for a clear idea by the new year of how the split and subsequent years of transition to a new trade relationship will function. "It is not possible".

For the time being, we can not find a real compromise as far as the remaining financial commitments of the United Kingdom are concerned.

He said: "If you are sitting at a bar and ordering 28 beers and then suddenly some of your colleagues are leaving, it's ok but they have to pay, they have to pay". "But not they have to pay". I'm not in a revenge mood. "But now they have to pay". They requested some harder language to ram home that any offer is conditional on Britain making progress toward agreeing Brussels' terms.

"I don't even understand this problem".

"Why are we discussing nonsense like that?"

The draft conclusions for for the October 19 summit, leaked in Brussels on Thursday evening, call for work to continue to achieve "sufficient progress" on withdrawal issues of a financial settlement, the Irish border and citizens' rights, to unlock the second stage of talks to focus on trade.

May said then that the other 27 countries would not lose out financially from Brexit in the current European Union budget period to 2020 and that Britain would honor commitments - but Barnier said London was failing to say exactly what it was ready to pay.

"This means Great Britain still has it in its own hands whether there will be enough progress so that the second phase of negotiations can be started", he stated.

The British government is under pressure from euroskeptic lawmakers to increase planning for a "no deal" Brexit, in which the United Kingdom leaves the bloc without a trade agreement.

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer told the BBC: "The Tories' Repeal Bill is simply not fit for objective".

In response to Mr Juncker's comments, Downing St said Mrs May had made clear in her Florence speech that the United Kingdom would honour its financial obligations.

The Downing Street also announced that the detail of the financial settlement was for the negotiation and that the issue could "only be resolved as part of the settlement of all of the issues that she spoke about in Florence".

Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesman Tom Brake said: "This Government's internal battles are weakening their hand in Europe". I don't like this, "he said". If we interfere, situation becomes much more complicated, "he said".

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