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EU: UK might have to return ELGIN MARBLES to get trade deal


Added 02-18-20 01:36:02pm EST - “The EU's post-Brexit negotiating mandate is being extended to include a demand to 'address issues relating to the return or restitution of unlawfully removed cultural objects'.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “EU warns returning the ELGIN MARBLES might be the price of trade deal”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The EU today suggested the Elgin Marbles will be the price of a trade deal - as Michel Barnier dismissed the UK's call for a Canada-style agreement.

The bloc's post-Brexit negotiating mandate is being extended to include a demand to 'address issues relating to the return or restitution of unlawfully removed cultural objects to their countries of origin'.

The ask is believed to have been added at the request of Greece, Italy and Cyprus - and indicates that Brussels intends to play hardball.

But No 10 hit back tonight, with a source saying: 'This is just not happening and it shows a troubling lack of seriousness about the negotiations on the part of the EU.'

Meanwhile, Mr Barnier told reporters in the Belgian capital that the UK's position was 'not like Canada', after Boris Johnson signalled he wants the same terms as the north American country.

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