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Peter Foster @pmdfoster
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It's #Brexit talks (sorry, er "stock-taking") again, where the sticking point is EU's €60,000,000,000 demand for a financial settlement.

So in that context, can someone at Home Office/HMG please explain?... 1/Thread
....why the UK is handing the EU such easy point by demanding EU citizens each pay up to £72.50 to register for 'settled status'.

That's up to £362.50 for a family of five hard-working, tax-paying EU citizens to accommodate a political choice they did not seek /2
Strikes me as example of Home Office tone-deafness.

Not surprising that @GuyVerhofstadt has gone skywards about it. /3…
The UK has genuine arguments about how obstructive & hard-nosed the EU (well, France and Germany more than Barnier/TF50) are being on 'sufficient progress', so why hand the EU side such an open goal? /4
Put another, even if it costs £72.50 for all 3.2m EU citizens, that is £232m.

£232,000,000 is chickenfeed against...

£60,000,000,000 or whatever we agree. /5
Problem now is that it's a 'thing', so if UK climbs down, no doubt No 10 fears 'media backlash'

Some times, it's worth thinking which fights are worth picking.

Figuratively and literally. 6/ENDS
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