Divisions between Britain and the EU over mapping out their divorce will be laid bare in Brussels next week when the two sides meet for another round of negotiations whose timetable already looks tight. Laura Frykberg reports.
It's a question that's been looming over Brexit negotiations for months.. Just how much should the UK pay the EU when it leaves the bloc. On BBC radio on Friday... The UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson gave a clearer answer... Sort of. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UK FOREIGN MINISTER, BORIS JOHNSON SAYING: "We should pay not a penny more, not a penny less than what we think our legal obligations amount to." The comments are unlikely to impress Brussels. When the second round of Brexit talks begin next week. The EU has previously floated a bill of about 60 billion euros.. Which London has said is far too high. Instead, Westminster has insisted its relationship with the EU after Brexit... Should be the first priority. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JASPER LAWLER, SENIOR MARKET ANALYST, LONDON CAPITAL GROUP, SAYING: "It's hard to imagine an outcome that is politically ideal on either side. My hope is that just somehow it becomes vaguely politically palatable and that the talks can progress onto more significant things like trade, that has a greater impact on all our lives." While the UK tries to unravel forty years of union... Domestically, economic concerns keep brewing... Despite unemployment at its lowest level in decades... Britain is suffering its longest squeeze on pay in more than a hundred years. Add to that inflation expected to increase... And it's likely Westminster's woes will too.