Published On: Sun, Jun 9th, 2019

Brexit bust up! McVey TELLS Marr ‘we won’t pay EU £39BILLION unless they deal’


Esther McVey insisted the United Kingdom would not have to pay a £39 billion divorce deal if the country left the United Kingdom without a formal agreement with the . A 2017 ‘ report on the potential contribution the UK would still have to pay Brussels after leaving claimed the Government would still have to pay a hefty sum to meet the commitments made during membership of the bloc. When Ms McVey suggested Britain could use the estimated £39 billion to pressure Brussels into agreeing to a trade deal, BBC host Andrew Marr hit back saying the sum is “legally owed,” and added: “We don’t have £39 billion back on the table.

“We don’t have it back on the table because the legal advice is absolutely clear that most of that money is money that we legally owe.

“The disagrees, the Treasury says it’s more like £20-£25 billion, probably higher. And he says that is clear, legal advice to the Government.”

But Ms McVey insisted a no deal Brexit would help Britain save money as the country would not have to pay to access the customs union and single market during an .

The former Work and Pensions Secretary said: “We got £39 billion back on the table. We have no deal back on the table.

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“If you look at the House of Lords financial report on that, it might be £9 billion that is owed if we went into international courts, the rest is not.

“That is because you’re paying to stay in during the implementation period, which we know we would be paying about £10 billion a year for.

“If we are staying in for two years, then he is quite right, we are paying that extra money. But if we don’t, if we come out, that would be ours.”

Ms McVey appeared to echo fellow candidate , who also suggested the British Government could refuse to pay out the divorce deal to pressure the European Union into agreeing to strike a trade deal with Britain. 

The former Foreign Secretary signalled he would hold off paying £39 billion to Brussels and dial-up preparations for a no deal Brexit to counteract potential “disruption.” 

Speaking to the Sunday Times, Mr Johnson pledged to scrap the controversial clause devised to avoid the creation of a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

He also claimed to be “the only one” to be able to put an end to the threat of and Jeremy Corbyn gaining more power amid the Brexit uncertainty.

The former frontbencher said: “I truly believe only I can steer the country between the Scylla and Charybdis of Corbyn and Farage and on to calmer water.

“This can only be achieved by delivering Brexit as promised on October 31 and delivering a One Nation Tory agenda.”

The will officially open the Tory leadership contest on Monday following the resignation of Theresa May on June 7.

The party last week to changes to the internal rules regulating the selection process. They also announced the new Prime Minister will be taking over the reins of the party and the country by July 22.



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