Guy Verhofstadt, the European parliament’s Brexit co-ordinator, said hopes of a divorce deal in October looked doubtful [Image: Patrick Seeger/EPA].

This is ridiculous.

No sums of money have been mentioned, although David Davis has admitted that the UK has “obligations”. He just won’t say what he thinks they are.

Nevertheless, the British team thinks the EU is trying to extract more than its legal entitlement, on the basis of an “unsatisfactory” paper that runs to less than four sides of text and some tables.

But the UK has not published any paper at all on the Brexit financial settlement.

How vague can they be? This is not negotiation; it is obfuscation.

The UK has told EU negotiators their sums on the Brexit bill do not add up, as talks on Britain’s separation from the bloc hit deadlock.

Tensions boiled over in Brussels as the EU accused Britain of failing to reveal its hand on the financial settlement. UK officials hit back at the EU, saying some claims for money had no legal basis.

Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, vented his frustration amid slow progress during the third round of talks, which conclude on Thursday. “To be flexible you need two points – our point and their point,” Barnier told reporters. “We need to know their position and then I can be flexible.”

Meanwhile, British negotiators fumed at suggestions they were not serious – a charge levelled by Barnier on Monday because the UK has not published a paper on the Brexit financial settlement.

Source: UK tells Brussels negotiators their Brexit bill sums do not add up | Politics | The Guardian


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