EU's Juncker says the British 'have to pay'

EU's Juncker says the British 'have to pay'

Britain must pay European Union (EU) budget liabilities estimated at up to £47 billion if it wants to begin transition and trade talks to prevent a Brexit cliff edge in 2019, Jean-Claude Juncker has warned.

Speaking during BBC Radio 4's The News Quiz, Mr Jupp said: "Talking of road traffic accidents: did anyone watch David Davis and Michel Barnier doing a press conference together?"

"The Brexit process will last longer than we anticipated", Juncker said.

For the time being, we can not find a real compromise as far as the remaining financial commitments of the United Kingdom are concerned.

"We will not be able to say in the European Council in October that now we can move to the second phase of negotiations", Juncker said. They have to pay, not in an impossible way. "I'm not hating the British", he concluded.

Barnier said he would not be able to recommend to European Union leaders meeting next week that "sufficient progress" has been made to broaden the talks to future EUBritish relations, including trade.

But Britain says these issues are closely intertwined with their future relations like trade and must be discussed together.

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"Europeans have to be grateful for so many things that Britain has brought to Europe, during war after war, before, everywhere and every time".

He said: "If you are sitting at a bar and ordering 28 beers and then suddenly some of your colleagues are leaving, it's ok but they have to pay, they have to pay".

A spokeswoman said "there will be more to say there" on a promise May made last month to honour financial commitments when Britain leaves.

In past, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, noting that he has demanded many times to make attempts on Catalonia, he noted that Spanish Government did not take necessary steps. "But now they have to pay".

Mr Barnier said the financial settlement had not even been the subject of negotiations during four days of talks this week because the United Kingdom was not prepared to indicate how much it was willing to pay. "The details are for negotiations".

The EU says this can only happen when there has been progress on the issues of the financial settlement, the rights of citizens affected by Brexit and the status of the Northern Ireland- Ireland border.

"This means Great Britain still has it in its own hands whether there will be enough progress so that the second phase of negotiations can be started", he stated.

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