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EU still not satisfied with £40bn Brexit “divorce bill”, suggested by PM May government

Thursday, November 23rd 2017 - 08:10 UTC
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“It could be enough to say, ok, we are ready to move to phase two, if it’s not the final figure. For some it could be enough but I don’t see France or Italy agreeing.” “It could be enough to say, ok, we are ready to move to phase two, if it’s not the final figure. For some it could be enough but I don’t see France or Italy agreeing.”

Despite UK prime minister Theresa May reportedly doubling her Brexit ‘divorce bill’ offer, European Union (EU) diplomats have already indicated they are still not satisfied and could demand more cash for talks to progress.

 Although the government is yet to confirm reports, it is widely understood the British government has agreed to raise its offer from the £20 billion promised in Mrs. May’s Florence speech to close to £40/45 billion.

It is understood the new higher offer was discussed and agreed by members of Mrs. May’s cabinet this week, including ministers who have previously opposed a large payout. Brussels has said it is waiting for a concrete offer.

However, responding to reports of a higher offer, one EU diplomat said “This £36 billion could make sense only if it’s a first step with an openness to discuss further financial commitments.

“It could be enough to say, okay, we are ready to move to phase two, but only if it’s not the final figure. For some countries, it could be enough but I don’t see France or Italy agreeing.”

Another source said some progress could be made, but remained cautious: “Everyone is so desperate to move to the second stage that if this is not their final say, yes, it could be enough.”

But the collapse of German coalition talks meant the “process is going to be increasingly driven by Paris” which is seen as having a more hard-line approach to Brexit than Berlin.

Senior Brexit-supporting Tories were quoted in papers urging Mrs. May to take advantage of Angela Merkel’s trouble forming a government and associated weakness to push for a smaller bill.

Responding to the comments, however, Christian Schmidt, the German food and agriculture minister, warned the UK not to play such a “game”.

“My suggestion is just to think which kind of disaster this would be for the United Kingdom’s economy“, he told the BBC Radio 4 Today program. “This is not a game, winner and loser. This is a responsibility. We see it in the 27 European member states. I think we see that there is a lot of responsibility also to the UK”.

It is understood the new higher offer was discussed and agreed by members of Mrs. May’s cabinet this week, including ministers who have previously opposed a large payout. Brussels has said it is waiting for a concrete offer.

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  • darragh

    Is that a 'V' sign from TM - good for her if it is.

    Nov 23rd, 2017 - 12:32 pm 0
  • Jolene

    The question is why is this piece appearing in Mercopenguin, a British government propaganda organ supposedly devoted to America, South America and the “South Atlantic”?

    Nov 26th, 2017 - 04:01 am 0
  • darragh

    The question is why is 'jolene', hepatia' or whatever nonsensical name he/she/it is using today, such an idiot.

    Try looking in the menu and you will see that one of the areas covered is 'International' - do try and get a grip on your hatred of the UK and anything you can blame on it. You'll just have to accept the fact that the British handed you your arses on a plate in 1982 and that the Falkland Islanders want nothing whatsoever to do with the third-world country called Argentina and what you find so irritating is that there's feck all you can do about it.

    Try acting like a grown-up rather than as a whinging, whining teenager which is what I suspect you are.

    Nov 26th, 2017 - 11:58 am 0
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