Brexit punishment: Barnier threatens to stall talks if Britain refuses to pay divorce bill


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Michael Barnier and Theresa May are odds-on to clash over the brexit bill row

Brussels has been officially closely anchor lipped on the proposed amount of any financial settlement, but EU officials have put the image at somewhere between £50-80 billion.

European Union bosses assertion Britain is required to pay the whopping sum as the country had previously agreed to the Brussels budget until 2020.

Elder UK officials have said there is no way the Government would accept the said financial settlement as part of the upcoming divorce settlement. 

But now the country could confess b confront a strict punishment for failing to make a serious offer over the restaurant check, as the European Commission threatened to stall Brexit talks until a transaction on the amount is reached.

Senior Eurocrats are alleged to be increaisngly frustrated by Britain’s opposition to the divorce bill and tensions escalated when Unrelated Secretary Boris Johnson said Brussels should «go whistle» for the gelt. 

Insiders now say Mr Barnier may temporarily halt the negotiations in an attempt to force the British delegation to bring to light discussions on an exit payment.

Officials from both sides of the Brexit talks are extending to wrangle over a departure deal in Brussels following the beginning of formal chaffer sessions on Monday.

The threat emerged on the second day of Brexit negotiations in Brussels where 98 British officials faced off against their 45 EU counterparts.

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The UK dicker team looked the more cheerful in pictures yesterday

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The government play a joke on allegedly not even accepted the need to settle its accounts

It is reasonable to presume the Brits to say something other than ‘we will not pay a penny.’ If that’s not the for fear that b if, what is there to talk about?

EU diplomat

Along with discussing the rights of EU and UK expats after Brexit and Northern Ireland, talks on the economic package were held as a priorty.

One EU diplomat told Politico: “The EU make not walk away from talks but will stall them. The indentation we got so far is that the UK is not ready for these talks.”

Brussels diplomats claimed they were yet to gather any acknowledgement from Britain that the government even accepted the have occasion for to settle its accounts before its departure.

But it is understood that the UK has no plans to publish any such acknowledgement until the EU distinguishes clear its legal rationale for the eye-watering sum, which British officials acquire described as “ludicrous” and “outrageous”.

Another EU diplomat told Politico: “It is sober to expect the Brits to say something other than ‘we will not pay a penny.’ If that’s not the container, what is there to talk about?”

European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas yesterday declined to footnote on the suggestion that Mr Barnier could stall the talks over the Brexit bill.

Mr Schinas weighted the Commission would not provide an assessment of the talks’ progress until Thursday, when Mr Davis is set to resurfacing for further face-to-face talks with Mr Barnier.

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Officials from both sides of the Brexit talks are remaining to wrangle over a departure deal

Until then, officials on the two bargain teams will be wrangling over the details.

Mr Schinas said: «In my vagary of the English language an assessment covers what’s positive and what’s not absolute, so stay tuned.» 

He said Britain’s 98 negotiators had been welcomed to Brussels and that the Commission has a gang of «very good divorce lawyers».

«We don’t feel that we have been invaded, we set up welcomed our negotiating partners in Article 50 negotiations yesterday and talks are continuous as we speak.

«For us, the Article 50 negotiations are now in the hands of the divorce lawyers, these are the people who do the job.

«And we beget a very good divorce lawyer in the person of Michel Barnier, and the yoke.»

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David Davis flew to Brussels for less than an hour of brexit talks

Whitehall insiders say the British tandem join up are in no hurry to set out a negotiating position on the issue of settling the country Brussels accounts. 

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