Brexit: UK 'must not allow itself to be blackmailed'
The UK must not allow itself to be "blackmailed" by the EU over its Brexit settlement bill, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has said.
Talks on the final settlement should begin as soon as possible "because that's good for business", Mr Fox said.
Businesses around the world have become impatient with the slow progress of the negotiations, Mr Fox added.
EU negotiator Michel Barnier said there had been little progress on key issues, and trade talks were "quite far" away.
I entirely agree with Fox. It's ridiculous for Barnier to insist on talks about the divorce bill ( Or the ransom as I call it.) while not telling us how much they are demanding and then expecting us to pay it without a clue as to what they are offering in return. Trade deals need to be discussed at the same time.