GERMANY will “not allow” Theresa May to ignore the EU’s two-week Brexit divorce bill deadline and address leaders direct at next month’s summit, it has been claimed.
Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned last week the UK had just a fortnight to set out its position on a financial settlement with the EU.
Without that commitment, he claimed talks would not be able to move to the next phase and discuss future trade at next month’s EU summit.
It has been suggested Mrs May could ignore the deadline and make the UK’s final offer direct to EU leaders at the December summit.
But a Brussels diplomat told The Times Angela Merkel would never let that happen and only “fine-tuning” of the offer would be possible.
He warned any attempt to ignore the two-week deadline would result in a complete breakdown of talks.
“We know the British frustration but at this stage she does not have a choice.