Peter Bone, a leading Brexiteer, issued a stark warning to the European Union after Brussels demanded more money from the UK. This despite the fact that Brexit was implemented months ago.
Peter Bone, Tory MP and leading Brexiteer were hard in his response to the EU’s demand for more money from the UK. This week, it was revealed that the EU raised the amount the UK had to pay for a divorce payment.
During Brexit negotiations, the Government originally agreed to pay a fee of approximately £37.1bn to Brussels for a divorce.
The EU insists that the UK owes £40.8bn to them, putting the UK at risk of another bitter post-Brexit dispute.
Mr Bone said: “Let’s face it, we were a net contributor to the European Union.”
“We gave them billions and billions and billions more than we took out.”
“You leave their wretched organisation, and then they have the nerve to expect us to pay more money and then to increase that amount.”
“And then to be awkward about the Northern Ireland Protocol.”
“If I was the Prime Minister, I would say ‘stuff it, you don’t deserve anything.”
Pushing back the EU, a Number 10 spokesperson said: “We don’t recognise that figure. It’s an estimate produced by the EU for its own internal accounting purposes.
“For example, it doesn’t reflect all the money owed back to the UK, which reduces the amount we pay. “Our estimate remains in the central range of between £35-39billion, and we will publish full details in Parliament shortly.”