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Daily Brexit Update: Sunday 22nd July 2018
The Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab, says that the UK could refuse to stump up the £39 billion for the so-called Brexit divorce bill, unless a trade deal is established between the the EU and the UK.
Talking to the Sunday Telegraph he said that 'some conditionality between the two' was needed and:
"Article 50 requires, as we negotiate the withdrawal agreement, 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."
HARDBALL: UK won't pay EU £39bn divorce bill unless Brussels agrees to trade deal, says Dominic Raab.
It's time Britain toughened up in these negotiations.https://t.co/XO3L9lm0Hn
— Westmonster (@WestmonsterUK) July 22, 2018
And another good question from Roger Helmer:
Memo to Dominic Raab: Good to hear you say that May would walk away rather than accept a bad deal. But it begs the question: why has she proposed an appallingly bad deal to Brussels?
— Roger Helmer (@RogerHelmerMEP) July 22, 2018
But the EU as ever seems to take the other view, the UK must give and the EU must take. So the possibility of a no deal Brexit gets bigger every day.
But his predecessor, David Davis is urging the PM to tear up her Chequers based White paper and go back to the drawing board. I think TM has put too much of her own (and her party's) political capital into this to start ripping it up now.
And then Dominic Raab tells us that the cabinet is still being persuaded that the government's White paper strategy is the best way forward.
While government ministers gear up to travel across Europe in order to rescue the PM's White Paper deal, reports the Independent. "Direct talks will be held with key politicians of EU countries, as the prime minister steps up attempts to bypass opposition to her proposals in the European Commission." Says the 'paper. Nice work if you can get it in these sunny months.
And there is more good news for the pro-Brexit UKIP, with the party claiming a Yougov poll says that four in ten voters are prepared to back a UKIP revival:
Note to the PM. pic.twitter.com/PABgPClnSB
— UKIP (@UKIP) July 22, 2018
And the Sunday Times reports that supporters of the former UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, together with Tory donors are plotting to raise £10 million to set up a new hard Brexit political party.
Reporting on the Yougov poll the BBC says:
"It also suggests the Conservatives face being squeezed at both ends of the political spectrum, with more than a third of the public willing to support a new hard Brexit party, with roughly the same proportion interested in a new party dedicated to stopping the UK leaving the EU."
And all the while, some claim, project fear is being ramped up:
As I recall this used to be called Project Fear- that scenario is now being actively prepared for by the British government. pic.twitter.com/a3lzKrLQld
— Lewis Goodall (@lewis_goodall) July 21, 2018
Just as a bipartisan report comes out calling for a ban on allowing ministers to use endless amounts of public cash to influence future referendums. "A £9.3m pro-EU publicity blitz by David Cameron’s government in the run-up to the Brexit referendum gave the Remain side an unfair advantage, the like of which should be outlawed in future votes, an independent commission has suggested." Reports the Telegraph.