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Brexit Secretary: Britain Won’t Pay Divorce Bill Without Trade Deal

Brexit Secretary: Britain Won’t Pay Divorce Bill Without Trade DealBrexit Secretary: Britain Won’t Pay Divorce Bill Without Trade Deal

The United Kingdom will refuse to pay a divorce bill if the European Union does not agree to a trade deal, the new Brexit secretary of state said.

“Article 50 requires, as we negotiate the withdrawal agreement, that there’s a future framework for our new relationship going forward, so the two are linked,” Dominic Raab told the Sunday Telegraph, as reported by Politico.

“You can’t have one side fulfilling its side of the bargain and the other side not, or going slow, or failing to commit on its side. So I think we do need to make sure that there’s some conditionality between the two,” he said.

UK officials have in the past made similar threats about refusing to pay the debt.

Raab visited Brussels this week and met with Michel Barnier, the EU’s top Brexit negotiator, to discuss the new British white paper.

“The ball is now in the EU’s court, and don’t get me wrong, there will be plenty more negotiations, I’ve made that clear, but if they show us the same level of ambition, energy, pragmatism, this deal gets done in 12 weeks,” Raab said.

Raab took on the role of Brexit secretary earlier this month after David Davis resigned in protest at the new Brexit plan approved by the cabinet.

 

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