UK's negotiator accuses European Union of being 'silly' and 'frightened' in Brexit talks

UK's negotiator accuses European Union of being 'silly' and 'frightened' in Brexit talks

British trade minister Liam Fox said on Friday Britainwould not be blackmailed into agreeing on the cost of leaving the European Union, and urged Brussels to move negotiations on to discuss Britain's future relationship with the bloc.

"They have set this up because they are trying to play time against money", he told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, though he declined to repeat the worldwide trade secretary Liam Fox's description of the negotiations as blackmail.

Davis said the story was "nonsense. completely wrong" and that the United Kingdom position was not yet settled.

The Brexit secretary said Barnier "looked a bit silly because there were plainly things we achieved".

Protesters wearing European Union flag masks
Protesters wearing European Union flag masks

"What he's [Barnier] concerned about of course is he's not getting the answer on money and they've set this up to try to create pressure on us on money", Davis said.

Mr Davis told Mr Marr: "There is no enforceable bill, but we've said all along that we're a country that meets its worldwide obligations".

"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". She described it as 'the single most important step we can take to prevent a cliff-edge for people and businesses'.

Davis clashed with European Union counterpart Michel Barnier this week over the Brexit divorce bill, which the bloc has put at 100 billion euros ($118 billion), a figure Britain rejects. "They're trying to play time against money".

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He also rejected a story in the Sunday Times that said Prime Minister Theresa May would accept £50 billion (54.6 billion euros) as a settlement, calling it "completely wrong".

"The more and more time we lose in the coming months, the more and more it is clear that the transition period can only be the prolongation of the existing situation, the status quo", Verhofstadt told legislators. Post-Brexit, the United Kingdom would "still be paying something, I suspect", Davis said, citing space agency research and the EU's Horizon 2020 scientific programme.

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.

Britain has said it is prepared to meet its worldwide obligations.

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"It amounts to a trouncing of democracy and people will not accept it", she added. If you want a "soft" Brexit - and I don't actually deal with "soft" and "hard" Brexit, I want a effective successful and Brexit - but if you want something like continuity this is the bill you should be supporting.

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

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