David Davis calls European Union chief 'silly' as Brexit war of words escalates

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Davis said money was "the thing that frightens them most" and insisted the United Kingdom would not be forced into backing down in order to begin trade talks in October.

The EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has said the British people need to be educated about the consequences of leaving the single market, the latest in a series of low blows traded by Brussels and United Kingdom government ministers after a bruising round of exit talks.

He added that he was not branding Mr Barnier personally "silly", explaining: "I said the Commission would make itself look silly".

They have set this up to try to create pressure on us on money, that's what it's about, they are trying to play time against money'. "That's what this is about".

The "strict position" was that there was "no enforceable" legal basis for the United Kingdom to pay money to Brussels but "we are a country that meets its worldwide obligations - but they have got to be there".

Talks had been protracted, he said, because of the meticulous detail involved.

"Time is not running out".

"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", Fox said.

He said: "She's a great Prime Minister, I've served for the past 12 months and I've never been less than impressed by the way she runs this country". "They are trying to use time against us".

Reports on Sunday claimed Theresa May was resigned to paying £50bn for a divorce settlement as she sought to draw a line under the argument and start. "There are issues if you just walk away", he said, adding that the United Kingdom is seeking a "smooth sensible amicable exit that leaves us and the European Union in a good position".

Britain has said it is prepared to meet its global obligations. "There are issues if you just walk away". "They may not be legal ones, they may be moral ones or political ones". It takes the laws there now and puts them in place the say after we leave.

"No Conservative wants a bad Brexit deal, or to do anything that increases the threat of a Corbyn government". "They are in danger of putting process first".

The government is not expected to face serious trouble over the Brexit bill at the second reading next week, but Conservative MPs who favour a soft Brexit are already planning to table amendments at the committee stage in October, which could attract cross-party backing.



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