July 20, 2017 / 11:35 AM / 8 months ago

Asked about divorce bill, Davis says Britain will act responsibly

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain is a country that honours its international commitments and will continue to do so after it has left the European Union, Britain’s Brexit minister David Davis said on Thursday.

UK Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis gives a statement at the start of a first full round of talks on Britain's divorce terms from the European Union, in Brussels, Belgium July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman/Files

Asked whether Britain accepted it would have to pay to leave the bloc, Davis said the government had made its position clear in Prime Minister May’s Lancaster House speech in January and in its Article 50 letter in March.

“We are a country that recognises its international responsibilities and rights and that we will seek to exercise both in the future. I don’t recognise the phrase ‘net flows’ but we will seek to exercise both in the future,” he told a news conference.

Reporting By Philip Blenkinsop; editing by Robert-Jan Bartunek

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