When mass deportation becomes an ordinary survey question.
Helen De Cruz

Thanks for the response, Steel-Maitland. We may be talking at cross purposes on the issue of the financial settlement. It is true that there are differences amongst the parties and much superfluous discussion of figures (not out of the European Commission, which has produced none, but the press has done its own calculations). But it is agreed upon by all that if the UK were to walk away without fulfilling its share of the financial assets and liabilities in the acquis comunnautaire, the EU would take the UK to international arbitration, most likely at the Hague tribunal. Lawyers seem to disagree as to whether the UK would be financially better off agreeing a fee during the negotiations or accepting whatever figure the international arbitration ultimately determines (see for example here:http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/brexit/2017/02/23/britains-got-bills-but-will-we-pay-settling-our-eu-budget-obligations/). But no one we’ve spoken to has denied that there will eventually be liabilities to pay. At any rate our point is that this will not be for the UK or the British people to determine, one way or another. This is what unfortunately was not reflected in the survey.

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