Boris Johnson will refuse to pay £39billion Brexit divorce bill
We can't see this going down well.
Sky News has reported that Boris Johnson is planning to tell EU leadership that the United Kingdom will not pay the £39 billion Brexit "divorce bill" agreed upon by his predecessor Theresa May.
The purpose of the money is to to settle the UK's share of the financing of all the obligations undertaken while it was a member of the EU.
It is the prime minister's claim that the previous deal will be voided if a withdrawal agreement cannot be struck. Instead, the report suggests, Johnson will claim that the UK will only owe the European Union £9 billion.
Johnson will meet with European Council president Donald Tusk at the G7 summit in Biarritz today.
Yesterday, Donald Tusk had warned Johnson not to become "Mr. No Deal." Tusk further said, "The EU is ready to listen to operational, realistic ideas acceptable to all Member States including Ireland, if and when the UK government is ready to put them on the table."
Tomorrow I meet PM @BorisJohnson. I hope that he will not like to go down in history as “Mr. No Deal”. The EU is ready to listen to operational, realistic ideas acceptable to all Member States including Ireland, if and when the UK government is ready to put them on the table.
— Charles Michel (@eucopresident) August 24, 2019
As things stand, the UK is set to crash out of the EU without a deal on 31 October.