The December EU summit just got a little simpler, but challenges on the Irish border and EU citizens’ rights remainby Jill Rutter / November 29, 2017 / Leave a comment
We seem finally have managed to leap over one of Michel Barnier’s stumbling blocks to “sufficient progress”—an agreement on how the UK will settle its departure bill. Details to be set out, we are told, on Monday. It looks set to be considerably bigger than the PM’s €20 billion offer that was on the table in October—with the Financial Times quoting an acceptance of liabilities of up to €100 billion but a hope we end up paying just half of that.
The negotiation was quite tortuous. Money was an issue which mattered a lot to the EU27. The initial Commission bid was upped by member states playing hardball. The laundry list presented to the UK at the start of the negotiations was long.