Pay up, make nice if you want “soft Brexit”, EU to tell May — Plus Hammond’s plan for soft Brexit days before talks open

Peace and Freedom

“I think on balance in the House of Commons there is a majority for something softer than Theresa May’s idea of Brexit.”


By Alastair Macdonald| BRUSSELS

Theresa May should agree to pay Britain’s bills to the European Union and drop threats to walk out without a legal deal if she wants talks on the “softer Brexit” some of her allies are calling for, EU negotiators say.

If the chastened prime minister and Brexit Secretary David Davis take a gentler tone when talks finally launch in Brussels next week, they could win valuable concessions, some think.

A week after May lost her majority in an election she had called in the hope of strengthening her hand in the talks, some fellow Conservatives want her to focus more on limiting the damage…

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