Brexit: UK to be 'educated' about consequences, says Barnier

Randolph Lopez
September 3, 2017

Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show Sunday, Davis maintained there had been "sufficient progress" on some of these issues, but bemoaned his European counterpart's focus on Britain's financial obligations to the EU.

Comparing Brussels' demands to a hotel bill presented to a guest on checking out, Mr Davis said: "We are going through it line by line and they are finding it hard because we have got good lawyers".

"What he's concerned about of course is he's not getting the answer on money... they've set this up to try and create pressure on us on money... they're trying to play time against money".

While there was "no enforceable" legal basis for the United Kingdom to pay money to Brussels, Mr Davis said, "we are a country that meets its global obligations - but they have got to be there".

"The Commission puts itself in a silly position if it says nothing has been done", he added, stressing he was not branding Mr Barnier personally "silly". We put people before process.

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"Money is incredibly important, it is the thing that frightens them most", he said on the BBC's Andrew Marr show.

The Mail on Sunday understands that the Prime Minister has been advised that Britain is likely to have to fork out up to €50 billion - £46 billion at current exchange rates - as the only way to break the deadlock of the Brexit talks.

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Mr Davis said money was "the thing that frightens them most" and insisted he would now allow the European Union to use time pressures to force Britain's hand in order to begin trade talks in October.

"They may not be legal ones, they may be moral ones or political ones". "They are in danger of putting process first". I said this is going to be turbulent.

No 10 has told would-be Conservative rebels, most of whom favour a soft Brexit, that they risk allowing Labour and Jeremy Corbyn to capitalise if they block the bill's passage through the House of Commons.

Parliament begins the second reading of the Great Repeal Bill [EU Withdrawl Bill] on Thursday after MPs return from their summer recess that will copy EU most laws into British legislation, while repealing the act that took Britain into the EU in 1973.

But Mr Davis said all significant changes would be done through separate primary legislation, with the Henry VIII powers used for technical measures.

This so-called golf club argument is vigorously contested by most other European Union governments, who insist all financial obligations must be met before they will agree to any future trade deal.

"No Conservative wants a bad Brexit deal, or to do anything that increases the threat of a Corbyn government".

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