Brexit negotiations (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
July 13, 2017
Question By: 
David Kurten
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Thank you, Chair.  It was very interesting that you say you have been to Brussels and you have met Tajani, Verhofstadt and other chief negotiators.  My understanding is that they are asking this country, which we are the capital city of, for €100 billion or £85 billion just to get negotiations going.  Do you not think it would be absolutely ludicrous to pay that amount of money just to be able to negotiate? 


Supplementary To: 


Answer for Brexit negotiations (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Brexit negotiations (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Firstly, I should have said before that I wish you well in the bid to be the leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP).


David Kurten AM:  I take that as a compliment.


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  I should also say that I wish Peter well in his bid to be the leader of UKIP.  I wish you both well and I wish you prosperity, whoever wins the outcome of that election.


The idea that a negotiation is conducted via the medium of the media or via questions from the dispatch box in Parliament or the idea that the first offing from the other side is the final offing is nonsense.  Anybody who has conducted a negotiation knows that is not the way to conduct negotiations.  What happens and what should happen is that your advance sherpa team is having conversations behind the scenes.  A relationship of mutually trust and confidence is built up.  You treat each other with respect.  You recognise that it is in nobody’s interest for this deal to go pear-shaped.  Also, you recognise that no deal does not mean status quo; no deal means WTO terms.  That means a 10% tariff on goods being exported to our single biggest export market.  That means non-tariff barriers on services, which, by the way, is crucial to London.  For senior members of the Government and negotiators not to understand that beggars belief.