Latest UK-EU Brexit spat is the vaguest yet

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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5 thoughts on “Latest UK-EU Brexit spat is the vaguest yet

  1. Damo

    Omg please someone rid us of the tories please the are reducing the country to 3Rd world banana Republic status Christ Robert mugabe or Kim Jong would do a better job who do the tories think they are?? They must think is the early nineteenth century and there still a superpower with an empire you know f..king around with the eu like this…. Brexit is a disaster… Theresa may sticking her nose in world affaires where it’s not wanted or needed… Please somebody anybody rid us of the tories before they ruin us all

  2. Damo

    The seems to be run by the crazed and deluded gibbering screeching eyerolling gurning village idiots… Puppet people.. While the real rulers hide in the shadows…. The shadow people

  3. Barry Davies

    The eu and the pointless Verhofstadt who only represents the advisory body of the eu the parliament has no actual say in what happens has so far only produced one paper on what it has dubbed the divorce bill, and that is to decide how it will deal with the shortfall of income once we leave, and yet we have produced an itemised paper describing the situation of what we consider we will have some payments to make and the unelected president, Junker, the unelected negotiator, Barnier, pretend that because it does not give them the €billions they demand that it is our fault that the talks are going slowly, there reality is that it was only last month the eu decided to have a discussion on when they should discuss where to hold discussions on what the eu wants form us. It is time the mass media got real and stopped pretending he eu is all set up and we are not, because it is the opposite which is actually the truth we have presented papers on the discussions the eu has allowed nonentities to spout off about charges to leave.

  4. NMac

    The only information we have about Davis is that he is thick and lazy. Two people who know him have described him thus, and I can quite believe it. His very appearance and activities seem to bear out that description. Not someone who inspires any confidence, but one who attracts scorn and contempt.

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