Theresa May is going to line up an additional 20 billion pounds ($26 billion) to the European Union as part of a Brexit divorce bill.
The EU has insisted that talks cannot move onto future relations, including a transition deal, until it is satisfied that, “Sufficient progress” has been reached on these issues. For how much longer can Britain put up with the EU bullies?
The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, warned Britain last week that it had just two weeks to make its position clear on the so-called divorce bill to have any chance of talks moving onto future relations this year.
EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has urged London to say how far it is ready to go to “honour its obligations” to end the impasse.
Except Mr Barnier, the UK has always paid more into the EU budget than it gets back. In 2016, the UK government £13.1 billion to the EU budget, and EU spending on the UK was forecast to be £4.5 billion. So the UK’s ‘net contribution’ was estimated at about £8.6 billion.
What we ‘owe’ the EU in this divorce bill is still unclear, and the media continue to offer a rather skewed and misleading report on the goings on in Brussels. The EU’s shocking demands for billions of pounds must not be ignored by those who fought incredibly hard to get Britain out.
We must take a stand against a Government clearly set to keep us inside the EU, and ensure democracy wins in our battle against the establishment.