The EU has raised its opening demand for Britain's Brexit bill to an upfront gross payment of up to €100bn, according to Financial Times analysis of new stricter demands driven by France and Germany. Following direct requests from several member states, EU negotiators have revised their initial calculations to the liabilities Britain is asked to cover, including post-Brexit farm payments and EU administration fees in 2019 and 2020.
It's been awhile. I feel like the guys in the first Hangover movie; little bit wobbly, scratching my head, wondering what all just happened. I've scrolled through March on the blog and it's just a sea of March Madness posts. How many of these did I do? Is that a tiger in the bathroom? So, good news, I've hit my basketball quota. I'll be back next Wednesday (April 19th) and every Wednesday after that until the end of June with some good old fashioned Medium Rare.
European leaders are preparing for Britain to begin Brexit imminently, amid signs that Theresa May could activate Article 50 divorce proceedings as early as Tuesday. During a summit of the remaining 27 EU members in Brussels on Friday, leaders were told to expect London to trigger exit talks next week and to prepare for a Brussels gathering on April 6 to respond to Britain's formal letter of notification.