EU member states are backing a European commission demand that trade talks can only start once Britain has agreed to pay a hefty Brexit bill, despite fears of a backlash from Theresa May.
The Czech Republic has joined Germany, Italy and France in insisting the UK must come to an arrangement on the divorce settlement, expected to come to about €60bn (£50bn), before any substantive negotiations on a future relationship.
We get to leave, whatever they say. Worst possible terms are WTO, terms we can live with happily. That is, WTO is the default without agreement.
Sure, there are things we desire but perhaps not £60 billion worth. Thus it is all up for negotiation, we don’t have to agree to pay first.