Britain’s Brexit minister David Davis said on Wednesday that the UK was not entering the Brexit negotiations as a “bumper but as a negotiator”, rejecting the possibility of the country paying 100 billion euros to the EU. “We are entering these negotiations not as a beggar but as a negotiator. There are two camps in this negotiation and the other side is not going to determine who is doing what”, he said on BBC Radio 4.
While, according to the Financial Times newspaper on Wednesday, the bill of the country to settle its accounts with the European Union could rise to 100 billion euros, Davis has ruled out the possibility of paying such a sum on the Good Morning Britain programme on ITV: “we will not pay 100 billion,” he insisted, saying it was “first maneuvers” from the block of 27.
“In the event of departure (without agreement), there will be nothing to pay”, he said, “but no one is looking for this result. We want an agreement, we think we can reach an agreement.”
“We have said very clearly that we will respect our international obligations, our legal obligations, but they will not be determined for us by a camp, it will be a topic of negotiation”, he said.