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US NewsJohnson threatens to refuse to pay £39bn to EU if he becomes PM

05:25  09 june  2019
05:25  09 june  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Johnson threatens to refuse to pay £39bn to EU if he becomes PM © Reuters Boris Johnson says he would refuse to pay the promised £39bn to the European Union

Boris Johnson has set his sights on the prize after claiming only he can see off both Nigel Farage and Jeremy Corbyn as he urged Tory MPs and party members to make him their next leader and prime minister.

The leadership campaign frontrunner, who is up against the likes of Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt and Dominic Raab, has claimed he would refuse to pay the promised £39bn to the European Union unless better Brexit terms are on offer.

He added that he would step up preparations to counter no-deal "disruption", and told the Sunday Times that he could defeat the twin threat posed by the Brexit Party and Labour leaders.

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Boris Johnson must be very careful not to overplay the £ 39 bn Brexit card. If he wishes to persist, he should then state that all else must go to The Hague in a no-deal scenario. Johnson might feel he has a particular point to make about payments to the EU since he has received so much flack for his €

Image: Boris Johnson says he would refuse to pay the promised £ 39 bn to the European Union .

Comparing them to the sea monsters from Greek mythology which troubled Odysseus, he said: "I truly believe only I can steer the country between the Scylla and Charybdis of Corbyn and Farage and on to calmer water.

Johnson threatens to refuse to pay £39bn to EU if he becomes PM © Sky News Screen Grab Tory leadership contest figures "This can only be achieved by delivering Brexit as promised on 31 October and delivering a One Nation Tory agenda."

He said he would scrap the backstop - something the EU has so far refused to do - and would settle the Irish border issue only when Brussels is ready to agree to a future relationship.

Mr Johnson said the £39bn settlement would only be paid when there is "greater clarity" about the way forward.

"I always thought it was extraordinary that we should agree to write the entire cheque before having a final deal," he said.

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The EU has consistently pushed back against UK suggestions it should not have to pay part or all of the £ 39 bn divorce bill. An EU official said the money A senior EU diplomat said the talks between Mr Johnson and Mr Tusk had taken place in a “positive atmosphere”, with Brexit taking up about half of

BORIS Johnson launches his pitch for power today by revealing he will hold EU chiefs to ransom to clinch The Tory leadership favourite vowed to hold on to the £ 39 billion payoff demanded by Brussels until they Mr Johnson unveiled his hardball tactics for taking on EU powerbrokers as he prepared to set out his stall to become the next PM . Boris Johnson threatens not to pay the Brexit bill.

"In getting a good deal, money is a great solvent and a great lubricant."

The former foreign secretary has so far received backing from prominent Brexiteer Steve Baker, and has also picked up endorsements from cabinet ministers James Brokenshire, Chris Grayling and Alun Cairns, and former international development secretary Priti Patel.

Johnson threatens to refuse to pay £39bn to EU if he becomes PM © Getty The former foreign secretary claims he would scrap the backstop

Meanwhile leadership rival Sajid Javid's campaign has received a boost with an endorsement from Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson.

Her decision to back Mr Javid came as he set out his own plan to tackle the Irish border issue by spending hundreds of millions on a technological solution.

The Home Secretary said there is a moral duty on the UK to pay for measures at the Irish border in an effort to secure a Brexit breakthrough.

Johnson threatens to refuse to pay £39bn to EU if he becomes PM © Getty Jeremy Hunt and Sajid Javid are both Tory leadership candidates Mr Gove, who is also in the race for the top job, has set out plans to replace VAT after Brexit with a "lower, simpler" tax sale.

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn asked Mr Johnson if he would "acknowledge that the £ 39 bn is now £ 33bn". The Institute for Government think tank says refusing to pay could lead to a legal challenge. It says: "The EU might seek redress through the International Court of Justice or the Permanent Court

THERESA May has warned the EU that Britain could refuse to pay the £ 39 bn Brexit bill if divorce negotiations collapse. The UK could refuse to pay the divorce settlement (Image: PARLIAMENT). He admitted many MPs were angry about the Chequers deal, but added: "Reports of Theresa May's

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Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, the Environment Secretary set out a "pro-business economic plan" to take on Mr Corbyn's "Marxist message".

The plan would result in "reducing the regulations which hold business back", cutting taxes and "using the opportunity of life outside the EU to look to replace VAT with a lower, simpler sales tax", he wrote.

Johnson threatens to refuse to pay £39bn to EU if he becomes PM © Getty Environment Secretary Michael Gove has set out plans to replace VAT after Brexit

Rory Stewart's camp said he is the challenger best placed to take on Mr Johnson, pointing to polling by Opinium which puts the two leadership candidates neck-and-neck on the question of "would they make a good prime minister".

Dominic Raab ruffled feathers when he suggested the possibility of suspending parliament in order to secure Brexit if he was made Conservative leader and prime minister.

This would mean shutting down debate and sending MPs on holiday so they would be unable to have a say, potentially dragging the Queen into a constitutional row, a plan described as "unlawful" by Mr Stewart in a tweet.

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He warned that an extension to Article 50 would be possible - but rejected anything that would interfere with the May European Parliament elections. Former Brexit Secretary David Davis has said that the UK should not hand over its £ 39 billion divorce payment if the EU refuses to agree a trade deal.

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Mr Raab said it was "very unlikely" it would be necessary to prorogue parliament in order to prevent MPs blocking a no-deal Brexit, but taking the option off the table would be a mistake.

"I think it's wrong to rule out any tool to make sure that we leave by the end of October," he told BBC Radio 4's Today.

Johnson threatens to refuse to pay £39bn to EU if he becomes PM © Getty Dominic Raab suggested the possibility of suspending parliament in order to secure Brexit

"The exam question in this contest is 'who can be trusted to lead us out by the end of October and end this paralysing uncertainty'."

Following Theresa May's resignation as Tory leader on Friday, the race to replace her is in motion and the nomination process will take place on Monday.

Candidates require eight MPs to back them in order to enter the race, with the first round of voting on Thursday.

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