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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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The UK could refuse to pay its £ 39 billion divorce bill to Brussels if it does not get a trade deal A Fine Gael Senator has said that comments by Mr Raab threatening not to pay the £ 39 billion divorce bill He said they were not settlement payments but were instead continuing payments to the EU budget

Johnson refused to commit to television leadership debates being organised by the BBC , ITV and Sky. Communities secretary James Brokenshire gave his backing to Johnson on Saturday, saying he has the “character, the ingenuity, the resilience and an ability to convey a compelling message”.

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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If Theresa May refuses to pay the UK’s £ 39 bn divorce bill, France could wreak havoc with MPs slam ministers for having no idea how much we could pay to the EU if we extended Brexit. On one side, Irish PM Leo Varadkar is more a comedian than he is a statesman, though it’s not a high bar to clear.

However, Guntram Wolff, director at European economic think tank Bruegel, warned that this could erupt in chaos. He told Bloomberg: “For the EU perspective, in the case of Britain risks destroying its relationship with the European Union if they refuse to pay up £ 39 bn (Image: GETTY; BLOOMBERG).

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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THERESA May has warned the EU that Britain could refuse to pay the £ 39 bn Brexit bill if divorce The Government had been widely expected to pay the huge sum to fulfil its legal obligations to the EU made Theresa May threatened to withhold the £ 39 bn Brexit bill (Image: PARLIAMENT•GETTY).

He assumes that there are no additional non-tariff barriers to trade between the UK and the EU in a no deal scenario, which is frankly not plausible. Brexiters claim that, under a no deal Brexit, the UK would not be liable to pay any of the £ 39 bn it has agreed to pay . Hammond said he did not accept

"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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Britain could refuse to pay its divorce bill to Brussels if it does not get a trade deal, the new Brexit Secretary has warned. He told the Sunday Telegraph: "Article 50 requires, as we negotiate the withdrawal agreement, that there's a future framework for our new relationship going forward, so the

Boris Johnson : Today refused to rule it out and quit the cabinet over Brexit. Wants to be more hardline with the EU and ditch the Northern Yesterday refused to speculate on whether she would run. Dominic Raab vows to put BILLIONS in your pockets if he becomes PM . Gove’s brexit dodge.

He sought to focus once more on policy issues after admitting to his past cocaine use, in which he "deeply regretted".

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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Media caption Asked about the UK exit payment to the EU , the PM says "without a deal, the Theresa May has said she will reconsider paying the £ 39 bn Brexit divorce bill if the UK is unable to He also urged the prime minister not to be "locked into" any financial agreement unless there were guarantees

EU chiefs have been jolted into action by Britain’s threat to withhold its £ 39 billion Brexit divorce bill, it was He added that legal certainty would come with the ratification of the final treaty and stressed he is Mr Raab last week declared Britain would refuse to pay the £ 39 billion Brexit bill if Brussels failed

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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