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'They have to pay': EU says Britain owes for Brexit divorce

'They have to pay': EU says Britain owes for Brexit divorce
From CBC - October 13, 2017

The leader of the European Union's executive complained Friday that talks on Britain's departure from the bloc will take longer than expected, and demanded that Prime Minister Theresa May's government pay its divorce bill.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the EU's British partners "are discovering, as we are day after day, new problems," and added"this process will take longer than initially thought."

A day after the EU's Brexit negotiator said talks on the divorce bill were deadlocked, Juncker insisted in Luxembourg that "they have to pay. They have to pay."

"If you are sitting in a bar and if you are ordering 28 beers,and then suddenly some of your colleagues is leaving and is not paying that's not feasible," he said in English.

'If you are sitting in a bar and if you are ordering 28 beers and then suddenly some of your colleagues is leaving and is not payingthat's not feasible.' - Jean-ClaudeJuncker

He insisted the EU is not seeking outrageous sums, saying Britain's bill does not have to be settled "in an impossible way. I am not in a revenge mood."

Various EU estimates suggest the bill could amount to 60 billion to100 billion euros ($88 billion to $148 billion Cdn). The British government has rejected such numbers.

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