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The Tory Party is split down the middle over the Brexit “divorce bill”

Conservative MPs are divided over whether the PM should stump up more cash to unlock negotiations

By Alex Dean  

Brexit Secretary David Davis and EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier. Photo: Ye Pingfan/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

This week, David Davis warned European Union leaders not to put “politics above prosperity” and urged them to soften their Brexit stance. Donald Tusk said in response that he appreciated Davis’s “English sense of humour.”

It was a good line—and the joke landed because Britain is so obviously the more chaotic of the two negotiating partners. Months on from the triggering of Article 50, the British government—and the Tory Party at large—is unable to…

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