UK to refuse Brexit ‘divorce’ bill without trade deal

Britain will only pay its European Union (EU) divorce bill if the bloc agrees to the framework for a future trade deal, the new Brexit Secretary warned in an interview published today.

Dominic Raab, who replaced David Davis after he quit the role earlier this month in protest over the government’s Brexit strategy, said: “Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon requires that there’s a future framework for our new relationship going forward, so the two are linked.”

“You can’t have one side fulfilling its side of the bargain and the other side not, or going slow, or failing to commit on its side, Raab told the Sunday Telegraph.

“So I think we do need to make sure that there’s some conditionality between the two,” Raab added.

Source: Jordan News Agency