EU threatens to steal business to force bigger Brexit bill

The EU has threatened to ‘shake the tree’ and lure businesses from Britain to the bloc unless Theresa May agrees to pay a huge divorce bill, it has been claimed.

The tough stance comes as UK officials head to Brussels today for Brexit negotiations in a last-ditch effort to move on to trade talks before the end of the year. 

But the talks are only scheduled to last two days, and Brexit Secretary David Davis is not arriving in Brussels until tomorrow.

The EU have been dragging their feet and refusing to start trade deal talks in the hope they can squeeze more money out of Britain for the divorce bill.