Negotiations on trade cooperation between Great Britain and the European Union after Brexit cannot begin until London signs up under an obligation to pay compensation.
The deputy secretary in the ministry for exit from the EU, Suella Braverman, revealed the long neglected fact of Brexit negotiations: Great Britain will be obliged to pay the EU £39 billion of compensation for leaving the block before details of the bilateral trade agreement are negotiated.
Deputies of the House of Commons will be asked to approve the payment in the course of ratification of the law on the termination of the UK membership in the EU, but by that time the terms of the trade agreement will not be fixed; moreover, the official language of the agreement will not appear until Brexit's completion. Until the receipt of compensation, the European Union is ready to sign only a declaration of intent in support of its will to conclude a trade agreement with the United Kingdom.
The Laborites are outraged by the revealed circumstances, since the position declared by the negotiators that "nothing has been agreed upon until everything is been agreed upon" means that London agrees to pay all the debts and fines assessed to it without receiving any guarantees in return.