Lord Forsyth claimed the European Union were playing politics like “Al Capone” as they continue to push back advances from Britain.
Brexit negotiations came to a “deadlock” this week, according to the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, who insisted “sufficient progress” had not been made.
Speaking on BBC’s Any Questions? Lord Forsyth tore into Brussels for holding up divorce talks.
He said: “Let’s be clear about this, what is holding up negotiations?
Lord Forsyth raged at the EU for slowing up progress in negotiations
“What is preventing these negotiations going ahead, is because Brussels are saying unless you give us a very large sum of money which we won’t be able to justify to you.
“Then we are not going to be able to continue to do business with us as a trading country, that is what we are saying.
“This is the politics of Al Capone, this is extortion.
“What we need is for these negotiations to continue but these negotiations will not continue as long as Brussels are determined to argue that we have to give them a huge sum of money which is incidentally money that we would have to borrow and money that we cannot afford.”
This is the politics of Al Capone, this is extortion
The comments come after the President of the European Commission repeatedly said Britain "must pay" its financial obligations to the bloc, as he spoke to a crowd at the University of Luxembourg.
He said: “Brexit is a serious issue. It came now, unexpected but not totally unexpected. Now we have to deal with the results and the first to be impressed by the numerous disadvantages, the Brexit meaning Brexit is entailing, are the Britrish.
“They are discovering as we are day after day new problems. That’s the reason why this process will take longer than initially thought. We had the idea that we would clear all the questions related to the divorce – it’s not possible.
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“They have to pay, they have to pay. Not in an impossible way, I’m not in a revenge mood, I’m not hating the British. The Europeans have to be grateful for so many things Britain has brought to Europe during war, after war, before war, everywhere and every time, but now they have to pay.”
The Prime Minister has reiterated the UK is willing to walk away from the European Union if a deal cannot be reached.
This week Theresa May also confirmed Britain is preparing for a “no deal” scenario.
After the fifth round of Brexit negotiations came to a close, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Mr Barnier also conceded the bloc was preparing for “no deal” if talks fail.
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