Trade Secretary Liam Fox has told the EU that Britain ‘cant be blackmailed’ into paying the Brexit divorce bill before trade negotiations can begin.
‘We can’t be blackmailed into paying a price on the first part’.
‘We think we should begin discussions on the final settlement because that’s good for business, and it’s good for the prosperity both of the British people and of the rest of the people of the European Union’.
‘I think there is frustration that we have not been able to get on that longer-term issue, that we’re stuck on this separation issue’.
‘And I had representations from businesses from across Europe – from Germany, from Spain – to say: ‘Can we put more pressure on the commission to try and get us a better idea of what that final picture will look like, because we need to maintain an open and liberal trading environment in Europe?’
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