Brexit Secretary says UK will not pay €100 billion ‘divorce bill’

Brexit Secretary David Davis

BREXIT Secretary David Davis has said the UK will not pay a €100 billion ‘divorce bill’ to leave the EU.

The statement comes amid claims by the Financial Times that the settlement sought by the EU had risen considerably following stricter demands from France and Germany.

Mr Davis told ITV’s Good Morning Britain the UK would pay what was legally due “not just what the EU wants.”

“What we’ve got to do is discuss in detail what the rights and obligations are,” he later added.

The Brexit Secretary has also said the British government had not seen a figure from the EU for an exit bill.

The Financial Times said the new figure includes post-Brexit farm payments and EU administration fees in 2019 and 2020.

Mr Davis said “We are not supplicants. This is a negotiation. They lay down what they want and we lay down what we want.” 

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    • Drew Edgar

      04 May 2017 • 08:17

      Government independent legal opinion, House of Lords Report & EU Parliament Report all concur, there is no legal/treaty basis under which the UK is required to make payments to the EU after leaving the EU.

      First it was 50, now 100; this “obstacle” indicates just how desperate the Brussels bureaucrats are to impede a mutually advantageous #Brexit thereby dissuading others, to enforce their authority & grip on member sovereign nations and preserve their status.


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