In the first sign of a break in unity from the Brussels bloc, Poland asked the EU to consider allowing the simultaneous discussion of both a new trade deal and Britain’s divorce from the crumbling European project.
In return, Polish Eurocrats pushed for the EU to request a firm deal on citizens rights – and for Britain to pay the EU’s £50billion divorce bill.
Despite strong support from Poland’s EU delegation and mixed support from Dutch delegates, the Union are likely to ignore the request.
The Union are likely to ignore the request despite firm support from a member state
Meanwhile bitter member states have pinned pressure on Brussels bosses to make Brexit negotiations even tougher and force Theresa May to pay up the £50billion divorce bill.
Legal advice making its way around Westminster claims the Government should not have to pay a penny – and is entitled to get its money back from the depths of the bloc’s coffers.
The legal opinion states any edict from Brussels forcing Britain to pay into their system is “wholly without merit in law” and that it is “hard to see any credible basis upon which the UK could be said to be obliged” to pay for Eurocrat’s pensions.
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According to a new index, the EU27 countries fall into three groups: hard-core, hard and soft. These are the countries with the highest scores which indicate a fairly strong opposition to Britain’s position
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France has the highest score in the index at 32.5
Bitter member states have put pressure on Brussels bosses to make Brexit negotiations even tougher
Mr Tusk’s Brexit negotiation plans were backed by EU members yesterday, but some were keen to make the stance firmer.
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And there was no move to change Brussels’ plans to give Spain a say in the future of Gibraltar after the UK leaves the bloc, sources said.
Although Article 50 was officially triggered last month the serious business of negotiations may not start for another eight months while France and Germany are more focused on their own elections.
Although Article 50 was officially triggered last month negotiations may not start before Autumn
Legal advice making its way around Westminster claims the Government should not have to pay a penny
Alex de Ruyter, director of the Centre for Brexit Studies at Birmingham City University said: “With the impending French presidential elections and the German federal elections coming up over the next few months, it is likely no real discussions over Britain’s withdrawal from the EU will take place until after November this year.”
While Germany goes to the polls on September 24, it is unlikely any stable government will be formed until weeks later when a coalition is agreed.