Westminster approved the latest Brexit bill, but rejected five amendments. They included provisions to reunite child refugees with families already in the UK, and guaranteed residence for millions of EU citizens.
Members of Parliament gave their final backing to the Brexit bill after removing several amendments made by the House of Lords, including a provision to reunite unaccompanied refugee children whose families are already living in the UK.
The House of Commons effectively stripped the Withdrawal Agreement Bill — which dictates the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU — of five amendments.
Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay said the reunification of refugee children in EU member states with family members already in the UK was “ultimately a matter which must be negotiated with the EU, and the government is committed to seeking the best possible outcome in those negotiations.”
Another amendment included registering the 3.6 million EU citizens living in the UK, which would have provided documents to ensure continuity of their residence in the country. However, that amendment was removed from the bill.
Britain will not be paying 100 billion euros to leave the European Union, Brexit minister David Davis said commenting the informaiton of the Financial Times on the EU preparing to demand that amount.
“We’ll not be paying 100 billion. What we’ve got to do is discuss in detail what the rights and obligations are,” Davis told British channel ITV.
David Davis (pictured) the UK Breixt minister said he did not consider Britain to pay 50 billion pounds ($62 billion) to the European Union as part of the Brexit settlement and added the era of vast funds being paid to Brussels was coming to an end.
“The era of huge sums being paid to the European Union is coming to an end, so once we’re out, that’s it.”
British media reports have suggested that Britain could have to pay around 50 to 60 billion pounds in order to honor existing budget commitments as it negotiates its departure from the bloc.
“We haven’t actually had any sort of submission to us from the Commission. But our view is very simple, we will meet our obligations, we are a law-abiding country,” Davis told broadcaster ITV on Thursday.
“We’ll meet our responsibilities but we’re not expecting anything like that,” – Davis said.
The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier claimed the British government to hand over £49 billion ($61 billion) as part of its departure deal from the EU.
The figure was agreed after a meeting between Barnier and representatives from other EU member states the beginning of February 2017.
Germany and France allegedly wanted the ‘divorce bill’ to be over £59 billion but agreed on a compromise.
Previously David Davis said he had no assessment made of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
“A failure and a tragedy” – the words the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has chosen to describe Brexit.
However Juncekr promised no to dramatise the talks, confirming that Brussels will approach the negotiation of Britain’s withdrawal in a “friendly” and “fair” way, but warned that European institutions were not “naive” about the process.
Juncker also confirmed that the UK will be confronted with a bill for leaving, but insisted that this did not represent a “punishment”, but merely the settling of commitments made by the UK.
He did not put a figure on the bill, which reports suggest could amount to as much as €60bn (£52bn), to cover liabilities for projects which the UK previously agreed to help fund, as well as pensions for EU officials who served during the period of its membership.
The UK Prime Minister Theresa May said “no deal is better than bad deal”, meaning she is not going to bow to Brussels if the requests are unreasonable.
German and Italian officials back Brexit chief negociator Michel Barnier over ‘divorce’ costs of 60 billion euros ($63 billion), first articulated by the Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern, becoming the first EU leader to put a value on the size of th, U.K.’s Brexit bill. The expert see the amount as a ‘punishment’ of the EU27 block for the UK departure.
“There will be a lengthy debate about the check that has to be paid by the U.K., because 60 billion euros is a significant amount of money,” – Kern said.
However the future of the bill is unclear due to the upcoming elections in a number of the EU key countries, including The Netherlands, France, Germany and Italy. The ‘cost’ of #Brexit might significantly differ, derriving form the political decisions of forces accending power. Moreover, in case Dutch nationalist politician Geert Wilder will get an overwhelming number of seats in the Parliament in upcoming elections on the 15th of March, he would push the referendum agenda for the membership in the EU. The similar promise made French candidate for presidency Marine Le Pen.
The current assessemnts are made in bona fide there will be no major changes in the organisation within next two years, preceeding the UK exit. Subseuqently the discussions of the Brexit ‘divorce’ bill are premature – nobody knows how the EU project will look like by the end of 2017.