EU's Juncker says the British 'have to pay'

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Friday that he did not want Catalonia to become independent from Spain because it could trigger a separatist domino effect in the EU. "That is the reason why this process will take longer than we initially thought", Juncker said, speaking to a group of students in Luxembourg.

Juncker's comments come a day after European Union negotiator Michel Barnier said there was a "disturbing deadlock" over the bill, and not enough progress for leaders to agree at a summit next week to open talks on future relations.

"They have to pay, they have to pay, not in an impossible way". I am not in a revenge way. "I do not hate the British", he added.

However a leaked document seen by reporters in Brussels suggested that EU leaders meeting at the European Council summit next week could authorise "internal preparatory discussions" on the shape of a future trade relationship and a transition deal, in a move which could offer Prime Minister Theresa May hope for talks by the end of the year. London has been hoping and pressing for this to happen at the summit. "But not they have to pay". Why not say, easily, with common sense - which is not a political category, as we know - that things will stay as they are? "But now they have to pay". We Europeans have to be grateful for many things to Britain. Everywhere and every time.

While acknowledging that progress had been made on the issue of European Union citizens' rights, Juncker said he was unclear why the subject was even being discussed.

In a speech in Florence last month, May said: " I do not want our partners to fear that they will need to pay more or receive less over the remainder of the current budget plan as a result of our decision to leave". Let them here, let them there.

On Thursday, Barnier and the U.K.'s lead negotiator, David Davis, said there had been progress on the issue of citizens' rights.



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