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Minutes into the fourth round of Brexit talks, which started in Brussels on Monday, Britain’s Brexit Secretary David Davis shattered the illusion that the U.K. was ready to play by the EU’s rules on the divorce bill. Whatever Prime Minister Theresa May said in Florence last week about meeting the U.K.’s financial commitments, Davis made it clear Britain will only pay up if it gets the final deal it wants. 
“It’s obvious that reaching a conclusion on this issue can only be done in the context of, and in accordance with, a new deep and special partnership with the EU,” Davis said, standing alongside EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier, who has made it clear the bill needs to be sorted first.

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Even before Davis arrived in Brussels, European affairs ministers briefed by Barnier were skeptical that EU leaders will be able to sign off on talks moving on to the trade deal Britain wants in October, according to people in the meeting who declined to b…