David Davis calls Michel Barnier "silly" over his stance on Brexit negotiations

Jerome Frank
September 3, 2017

THE UK'S BREXIT negotiator David Davis has said that the bill the UK must pay upon leaving the European Union is what "frightens them the most".

David Davis has accused negotiator Michel Barnier of trying to put pressure on Britain over the divorce fee.

But Mr Davis dismissed the claims and said: "It's nonsense".

"What he's (Barnier) concerned about is that he's not getting the answer on money and they've set this up to try and create pressure on us", Davis told BBC's Andrew Marr Show.

"I'm not going to allow them to use the time pressure to somehow force us to do X, Y or Z".

"We will certainly honour our legal obligations as we understand them", he said, while stressing the United Kingdom would "certainly not pay for access to the European markets".

The commission puts itself in a silly position when it says nothing has been done when really important things have.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "It's a total myth that the talks that have been badly managed, we've made real progress on the nitty-gritty details that really matter to people".

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David Davis has accused the European Union of playing "time against money" during Brexit negotiations as it tries to exert pressure on the United Kingdom to agree a divorce bill.

In a separate report, the Mail on Sunday said that May has been advised that Britain may have to pay up to 59.5 billion dollars to break the deadlock in Brexit talks.

"We are saying, "you've given us this enormous bill we'll go through line by line", we gave them a two-and-a-half hour presentation, they even complained about that".

"They may not be legal ones, they may be moral ones, they may be political ones, but we meet our worldwide obligations".

Mr Barnier continued the sniping at Britain yesterday, telling a conference in Italy that Brexit would be an "educational process" for the United Kingdom because Brits do not realise what they have to give up.

Labour has said it will seek to amend the bill to stop the government from automatically accruing new powers after Brexit.

Those obligations "may not be legal ones, they may be moral ones or political ones", he said. "[The Europeans] won't talk about the future, they'll only talk about so-called divorce proceedings". 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.

But she added: "For us to grasp the great prize ahead of us, that contribution must fit with our shared aim: to help Britain make a success of Brexit and become that great global country we know we can be".

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