Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

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

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

President Jean-Claude Juncker said the United Kingdom would have to pay the so-called Brexit divorce bill, which according to estimates, could reach up to 100 billion British pounds ($132 billion) - before they could move negotiations to the next phase.

The EU has told Britain that a summit next week will conclude that insufficient progress has been made in talks for Brussels to open negotiations on a future trade deal.

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. "With David Davis, we will organize several negotiating meetings between now and the end of the year".

He said that negotiators were "making progress" on the issue at talks which have been running since June in Brussels.

The issue of citizens' rights is one of the main issues to be dealt with during the negotiations, along with the land borders between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and Gibraltar and Spain.

"Some states were not very happy about this but what else can we do?" the diplomat added.

Mr Barnier and Mr Davis delivered their usual end-of-talk remarks to the press after the fifth round of Brexit talks in Belgium.


Juncker insisted the British "have to pay" if they want talks to begin on a future trade deal between the United Kingdom and the EU.

"We would like them to give Michel the means to broaden the negotiations". Barnier himself has sought flexibility to break the deadlock, diplomats say.

"This is what will decide the future of our continent", Tusk said. On Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose scope to change policy is limited by ongoing coalition talks, stressed Berlin would negotiate to minimize damage to Germany.

He also stated that he would not recommend to European Union leaders that talks enter the next stage.

"The prime minister will be in Brussels next week where she will be talking to European leaders at the European Council so I am sure that there will be more to say there". Failure to do so would raise the risk of there being no smooth transition and even of no deal at all.

Officials see the early part of next year as a virtual deadline for agreeing to move on to discuss the future relationship.

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