Comment: Brussels has run up vast debts on our behalf. If we want Brexit to be a success, we must pay them

The Telegraph 7 days ago

Nearly every negotiation comes to a crunch moment, following which it is highly likely to end in agreement or alternatively be doomed to failure. When we Tories were negotiating our coalition with the Liberal Democrats, the crunch came over whether, in return for them backing us on the economy, tuition fees, Europe and many other issues, we would offer a referendum on electoral reform.

We decided there was so much at stake, and the prize of ousting Gordon Brown was so worthwhile, that we would indeed give them such a referendum. That decision was vindicated when the sensible voters rejected changing the voting system, leaving the Liberals following most of our policies with little in return, and therefore well and truly kippered.

The Brexit talks are now quite clearly coming to such a crunch, where the UK has to decide whether a major and unpalatable concession is worth making in order to...

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