BREXIT ministers are expected to bow down to Brussels and acknowledge the UK will pay an exit bill, while weakly claiming it will be a “fair settlement”. The acknowledgement,
despite exciting eurocrats, remains suitably vague and does not tie the UK to any particular agreement.Negotiators are preparing for another round of talks on Monday and
the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier warned that they would not make any progress unless the UK accepts an exit deal is inevitable.The EU has put Britain’s exit bill at over
£80billion, partly, eurocrats argue, to cover a share of future EU budget commitments the UK made while it was a member. The statement represents an effort on the UK’s behalf to
agree on a subject that both sides feared would lead to a protracted stand–off wasting valuable time.An EU diplomat involved in the Brexit process told the Financial Times:
“This [UK] statement goes further than before.“That stops an electric shock next week. It would have been a real problem if we had made zero progress on the financial settlement.” Brexit secretary David Davis made no reference to financial issues in a press statement alongside the release of three position papers for talks.On Tuesday, Boris Johnson said: “I think the the sums that I have seen seem to me to be extortionate and I think go whistle is an entirely appropriate expression.”Mr Barnier hit back at the Foreign Secretary over the comments, he said: “I am not hearing any whistling, just the clock ticking.”.