Brexit talks could fall over UK divorce bill, says EU negotiator

The EU’s arch Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, fears a refusal of member states to alleviate their final over a distance of Britain’s “divorce bill” could lead to a fall in talks and a UK crashing out of a EU though a deal, mins of a assembly of a European elect reveal.

Barnier has told a elect president, Jean-Claude Juncker, and other comparison officials that a stakes are so high given Berlin and Paris are refusing to compensate some-more to cover a UK’s departure, while those governments who accept a many from EU supports are against to any cuts in spending.

“Mr Barnier deliberate that this emanate would presumably be one of a many formidable in a negotiation,” a mins of a top-level assembly hold progressing this month note.

“However, should there be no agreement on this point, he believed that a risk of unwell to strech an agreement on an nurse withdrawal of a United Kingdom would turn real, given zero of a 27 member states wished to apportion some-more to a stream multi-annual financial horizon or accept reduction in projects financed underneath a framework.”

As positions have hardened on a continent, with estimates of a distance of a check now reaching as most as €100bn, Juncker remarkable that Theresa May seemed to be softening adult a British open for disaster to strike a deal.

The mins uncover that a elect boss warned Barnier that he feared that a EU negotiator’s hopes of entrance to an agreement by a finish of a year were over-optimistic. “He [Juncker] remarkable that on a UK side, a supervision was perplexing to benefit faith for a thought that if agreement were not reached on all a negotiating points, including those in a second phase, there would be no altogether agreement on a nurse withdrawal,” a central mins report. “He also voiced concerns about a aspiration of a calendar referred to, given he deliberate that some of a matters to be negotiated in a initial proviso would take time.”

The elect afterwards discussed “the need to confederate in a parameters for a destiny negotiations a flourishing support in British open opinion for a thought of a unfinished exit of a UK from a union”, a mins say.

Barnier told a assembly that he “hoped that after a British legislative elections a UK’s inner domestic meridian would be some-more gainful to reaching agreement”.

The former French financial minister, however, told his colleagues that “since a ubiquitous choosing had been called for 8 Jun in a United Kingdom [negotiations] would not in fact be launched before mid-June”, rather than a finish of this month.

The assembly also discussed a EU’s wish of organising negotiations in four-week cycles. The initial week of any cycle would engage domestic preparation, followed by a week of request avowal between a dual negotiating teams.

The third week would see Barnier and a a UK’s Brexit secretary, David Davis, sitting down to negotiate. In a fourth week, Barnier would news on a formula to a 27 member states and a European parliament.

“Once this agreement had been achieved, a EU member states wished to tighten this partial of a negotiations once for all though going behind to it,” Barnier told a elect – a position that would forestall a UK reopening issues such as a divorce check in sequence to benefit precedence in a trade talks.

Any hopes a UK might have had of regulating confidence team-work as attract for a improved deal, were also discharged on Thursday by a EU’s high deputy for unfamiliar affairs, Federica Mogherini.

Announcing a first of an EU troops headquarters, in a face of some British resistance, Mogherini told reporters: “We will conclude together how a destiny family will be in this margin though this is not a margin where one side has to understand itself as stronger than a other, on a contrary.

“The UK is an critical unfamiliar policy, confidence and counterclaim actor though zero compared to a other 27 together. So there is no trade-off imaginable.”

Mogherini added: “The UK contributes to a municipal goal by 3% and troops operations by 5% and that is especially a domicile in Norfolk. And apparently a domicile will not be in a non-member state in a future. So there is not such poignant grant to a missions and operations form a UK to be put on a table.”

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