May braces to walk out of Brexit negotiations

ANDY RAIN

British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) welcomes European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R) to 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, 26 April 2017. The two leaders held talks on Brexit.

While UK citizens are ready to pay to retain EU citizenship


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Theresa May is considering walking out on Brexit negotiations if the EU insists on a €100bn Brexit bill, the Sunday Telegraph reports.

The move would be designed for “domestic consumption” suggests the daily, citing a senior government aid. The European Commissions’ chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has made clear he wants to negotiate a formula or a principle under which UK’s debt to the EU is estimated before he spells out a number.

Meanwhile, a former aid to the Brexit Minister David Davies told the BBC on Sunday that the Prime Minister’s “absolutist approach” to the negotiations is making this job impossible. Mr. James Chapman resigned a month ago and now argues that the prime minister’s uncompromising stance over European Court of Justice jurisdiction leaves little scope to negotiate Single European Market access.

Meanwhile, the Independent published on Sunday the results of a London School of Economics study which suggests that up to 58% of the Leave voters are willing to pay to retain their EU citizenship.

The overall number of UK citizens willing to pay is 68%, that is, four in five. The LSE study took place in cooperation with the Opinium polling firm and suggests UK citizens would be willing to pay £400 to £1000 a year for access to EU citizenship, which amounts to much more than what the UK currently contributes to the EU budget. The study also suggests that 73% of respondents would like to see EU citizens being awarded voting rights at both local and national elections.

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