Boris Johnson tells European Union to 'go whistle' for 'extortionate' Brexit divorce bill

Boris Johnson tells European Union to 'go whistle' for 'extortionate' Brexit divorce bill

Boris Johnson tells European Union to 'go whistle' for 'extortionate' Brexit divorce bill

Asked whether Brussels should be told to "go whistle" if it wants more money from the United Kingdom, the Foreign Secretary said: "I think that the sums that I have seen ... seem to me to be extortionate and I think go whistle is an entirely appropriate expression".

Mr Johnson was responding to MPs' questions over the proposed "divorce bill" which the United Kingdom is expected to receive next week as Brexit negotiations resume in Brussels.

Mr Hollobone said Britain had already given the EU and its predecessors a total of £209bn since the United Kingdom joined the European Economic Community, the precursor to the EU, in 1973.

In response, Mr Johnson said his colleague's words would have "broken like a thunderclap over Brussels and they will pay attention to what he has said".

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Johnson said Tuesday that "the sums that I have seen that they propose to demand from this country seem to me to be extortionate".

"Go whistle seems to me to be an entirely appropriate expression", he added.

The former Mayor of London, speaking in the House of Commons on Tuesday 11 July, also said that the government had no plans for a "no deal" scenario with Brussels because the United Kingdom intends to secure a "great deal".

Mrs May has said that her view going into the Brexit negotiations was that "no deal is better than a bad deal".

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"Boris Johnson's bluster about getting a "great deal" makes him sound like Donald Trump's unofficial spokesman, not the British Foreign Secretary", he said.

But the true figure could be far lower, as the 100 billion does not account for tens of billions that Britain is set to get back in shared assets and rebates.

The move would reportedly be made to show EU officials that May will have a strong hand in leading negotiations, and back her claim to EU Parliament President Jean-Claude Juncker that she will be a "bloody difficult" woman. "What we've got to do is discuss in detail what the rights and obligations are".

Mr Corbyn is due to meet European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels on Thursday for "exploratory discussions" about the negotiations ahead.

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