UK should pay EU in transitional period to resolve Brexit Bill row, says former minister

UK should pay EU in transitional period to resolve Brexit Bill row, says former minister

Lord Bridges made the suggestion to move talks forward

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A former Brexit minister has said the UK should continue to pay into the EU budget to secure a transitional deal.

Lord Bridges said the on-going withdrawal was a “gargantuan” challenge, frustrated by “careless talk” in regard to the dispute surrounding the so-called Brexit bill of €100bn (£90bn).

The former minister, who left the Brexit department in June, suggested if the UK were to pay into the bloc during a transition period, it would help to resolve the row over the Brexit bill.

He argued it would help to move talks onto the topic of trade, which the team have been keen to do.  

Bridges insisted it was a priority for every department to ensure the UK got the best deal possible in the withdrawal, saying “nothing is more important."

At present, the Government has made it clear the UK would be out of the single market and customs union after Brexit 2019. 

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