European Union working on a plan for the possible collapse of Brexit negotiations

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 15, 2017

Michel Barnier made the comments during a press conference on November 10, which followed the conclusion of the latest round of Brexit negotiations.

The UK must provide clarification on its position on the Brexit financial settlement within the next two weeks, the EU's chief negotiator has insisted. We too are preparing for it technically.

The EU has stipulated that "sufficient progress" must be made in three key areas before discussions can shift focus to the EU's future relationship with the UK.

"My answer is yes", Barnier responded, and also repeatedly demanded "real and honest progress" in the talks.

Leading Brexiteer Michael Gove has said he will not block Theresa May if she decides to hand over extra cash to Brussels to secure a good exit deal. He said British taxpayers "would not want me to just come along and just give away billions of pounds", and added "we've been very, very careful, and it's taking time and we will take our time to get to the right answer".

"They invented this phrase sufficient progress, right?" If it is, Barnier told the JDD, negotiations on a new treaty could start in January and would take "at least two years to conclude".

Speaking on Sunday with Niall Paterson on Sky News, Davis said it would be "very expensive" for the United Kingdom if it sought to extend negotiations by 12 months by pausing the article 50 process, adding it would require unanimity from the EU27 and create extra uncertainty for businesses. These countries have incredibly close trading ties with the UK. "But the European Union executive is already exploring the consequences of the worst scenario: a sudden Brexit", El Pais said.

"We respect the European Union desire to protect the legal order of the single market and the customs union, but that can not come at a cost to the constitutional and economic integrity of the United Kingdom", Davis told reporters.

The prime minister said the decision to put the specific time of Brexit on the front page of the bill showed the government was determined to see the process through.

Speaking to Sky News, Mr Davis said Britain agreed to the sequencing of talks demanded by the European Union but had told the bloc's negotiators it would not come up with a figure to push them beyond "phase one".

The letter to May from the foreign and environment secretaries urged the prime minister to ensure members of her top team fall behind their Brexit plans by "clarifying their minds" and called for them to "internalise the logic".

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