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David Jones MP, Minister of State, Department for Exiting the European Union, and Sir Tim Barrow KCMG, UK Permanent Representative to the EU appeared on 20 March before the European Scrutiny Committee for one evidence session on EU-UK relations in preparation for Brexit. Please watch the session here.

Sir William Cash was quoted by the Politico and by The Independent as saying:

“Has anybody pointed out to them, or would you make sure that they do understand, that we have been net contributors for many decades to the tune of what is now running at around £9 billion or £10 billion a year, that our accumulated liabilities are offset by the extent to which we have made these massive contributions.

“And perhaps also to bear in mind,” he added, “that back in 1953 there was a thing called the London Debt Agreement, where Germany, for all its malfeasance during the Second World War, and its unprovoked aggression, found that in 1953, in circumstances which were quite remarkable, found that we remitted one half of all German debt.” Bill Cash urged the government to “tactfully” remind EU officials that the U.K. helped Germany waive half of its war debt in the 1950s.

As regards the EU’s plans to take Britain to the International Court of Justice to enforce the so called “divorce bill” of £50bn Brexit, Bill Cash said “I don’t think the International Court has any jurisdiction in this matter.” He then added, “I have no doubt that there will be all kinds of the usual academic suspects running around saying we should do this, that or the other. There is no reason for us to make any payment.”

 

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Sir William Cash: Good afternoon, Prime Minister. When you opened, you referred to a joined-up approach. My European Scrutiny Committee has called on our ambassador to the EU, Sir Ivan Rogers, to see us shortly. He made some pretty controversial remarks the other day. Complementary to these activities across the board in COREPER and UKRep—United Kingdom permanent representatives—there is also this question of the co-ordination with the Cabinet Office, which also has to deal with my Committee. Do you have in No. 10 a fully specialised unit with specialists who deal equally with the negotiating instruments regarding political, economic and trade policies? Do they meet you personally in No. 10? Do they do so on a regular footing? If they don’t, do you think that it ought to happen? ...continue reading

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