Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Juncker: Britain Must Pay What It Owns To The EU

Juncker: Britain Must Pay What It Owns To The EU

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.

Despite economic development in EU Member States, economic situation of Union is still "fragile", says Juncker, EU should focus on integration to be more effective and overcome demographic problems Said. "That is the reason why this process will take longer than we initially thought", Juncker said, speaking to a group of students in Luxembourg.

"We can not find for the time being a real compromise as far as the remaining financial commitments of the United Kingdom are concerned".

Stood alongside the UK's Brexit Secretary David Davis, Barnier said that Theresa May's Florence Speech had given "momentum to these negotiations" but that there was a "disturbing" deadlock over the size of the bill the United Kingdom pays to the EU.

"Not in an impossible way, I am not in a revenge mood, I am not hitting the British". I'm not hating the British.

Tusk, who met Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron in a week when he has spoken to nearly all other European Union leaders including May, offered a draft text saying there is not enough progress but welcoming the advances there have been and flagging a hope that the next summit in December could open trade talks. London has been hoping and pressing for the two processes to go simultaneously.

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But Britain says these issues are closely intertwined with their future relations like trade and must be discussed together.

Brexit talks are deadlocked over money, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Thursday.

He said: "If you are sitting at a bar and ordering 28 beers and then suddenly some of your colleagues are leaving, it's ok but they have to pay, they have to pay". The Europeans have to be grateful for so many things Britain has brought to Europe, during war, after war, before war, everywhere and every time.

British Prime Minister Theresa May could have more to say on the Brexit financial settlement at the summit, her spokeswoman said. They have to pay.

It echoes Mr Barnier's concerns that a "disturbing" deadlock over the size of Britain's exit bill means it is not yet time to move on to negotiations over the future UK/EU relationship.

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