Britain not offer figure or formula on Brexit bill to unblock talks says minister

European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier gestures during a joint news conference with Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis (not on the picture) after the latest round of talks in Brussels, Belgium November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Vidal
Vastavam web: Britain will not offer a figure or a formula for how much it believes it owes the European Union, Brexit minister David Davis said on Sunday, after the EU demanded that London spell out its approach to the final bill to unblock talks.Both sides are frustrated by the lack of progress, and last week the EU negotiator, Michel Barnier, said Britain had two weeks to spell out how far it would “honour its obligations” to break the deadlock.
But Davis told Sky News the EU had agreed Britain would not need to offer “a number or a formula” for the financial deal when London accepted the bloc’s schedule for the talks – first a discussion about the divorce and second, about future ties.Prime Minister Theresa May says she cannot offer a figure for the financial settlement until her government knows what the future relationship will be. But she also does not want to inflame Brexit campaigners who have suggested Britain walk away.
James Dyson, the billionaire inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner and a Brexit supporter, said he did not blame the government for the lack of progress.The so-called Brexit bill is not the only difficult hurdle in the talks so far. The two sides must also reach agreement on the UK border with EU member Ireland – something that Irish officials say is still a long way off.Both Britain and the EU say they are ready for a “no deal” – a message reiterated by the bloc’s Barnier in the French weekly Journal du Dimanche, where he also called on Britain to detail which financial commitments it would honour.“Theresa May has committed to paying the contributions of 2019 and 2020, as well as other commitments, without specifying which ones,” Barnier told Journal du Dimanche.