Step aside Juncker! Germany ALREADY working on ‘comprehensive’ Brexit deal with Britain

18 Oct

Tensions increased when European Parliament president Antonio Tajani dismissed the British government’s offer of around £18billion to cover a two-year transition period of close ties with Brussels after the formal Brexit date on March 29 2019 as “peanuts”.

He said: “We need to be realistic, we are realistic but the UK Government is not. We need our money back.”

Mr Tajani risked fuelling the row by comparing the Brexit talks with Margaret Thatcher’s battle to win a multi-billion annual rebate from Brussels in the 1980s.

“We need to put the money on the table, we need our money back as Mrs Thatcher said 30 years ago, we want not one euro more, not one euro less,” Mr Tajani said.

He suggested the divorce bill should be around £50billion.

“We are united, I don’t know where is in the unity in the United Kingdom we have only one position, only one negotiator. Please help us to help you,” he added.

Former Cabinet minister Iain Duncan Smith yesterday expressed frustration that the EU’s agenda in the negotiations appeared to be “all about money”.

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