Boris Johnson has told EU representatives that the UK will not be obliged to pay a significant portion of the £39bn ‘divorce settlement’ that was promised by Theresa May when Britain leaves the EU.
In an interview with ITV after the conference Johnson said that if the UK does come out of the EU without a deal then, “the £39bn is no longer, strictly speaking, owed.”
The Sunday Times reported that British Government lawyers had decided that the amount that the UK owed the EU is as little as £7bn whilst Sky news believes that this figure is closer to £9bn.
An EU spokesperson has stated that the full £39bn payout would still be owed even if the UK left the EU without a deal as it was money borrowed during Britain’s involvement with the EU. Boris Johnson on the other hand believes that the entire EU board is well aware that this is not the case.