Brexit: 'People like Boris Johnson and Michael Gove will have to concede the UK needs to pay something,' says Tom Brake MP

Brexit: 'People like Boris Johnson and Michael Gove will have to concede the UK needs to pay something,' says Tom Brake MP

The MP for Carshalton and Wallington spoke to Julia Hartley-Brewer ahead of a key meeting in Downing Street

Monday, November 20, 2017

A leading Remain MP has said Brexiteers like Michael Gove and Boris Johnson will eventually have to acknowledge the UK must pay money to the European Union.

Tom Brake spoke to Julia Hartley-Brewer ahead of a reported meeting of senior figures at Downing Street, where Theresa May and other key Cabinet members will reportedly discuss increasing Britain's financial offer to the EU.

Brake, the MP for Carshalton and Wallington and Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesman, said keen Brexiteers like the Foreign Secretary and Environment Secretary will eventually be forced to abandon their hard-line stance on the so-called 'divorce bill' and concede that Britain has a financial obligation as part of the severance talks.

He told our host: "I think the significant point of this cabinet meeting this morning is people are now going to have to concede is that is in fact the price we will have to pay. 

"People like Boris Johnson and Michael Gove – who, during the referendum campaign, never said the UK might have to pay up to £40bn to leave the EU.

"The UK, through the different negotiations we’ve been party to in recent years, has committed to collectively funding certain projects having made contractual agreements.

"The UK rightfully observes contractual and international law. I think it would be regrettable if the UK decides to walk away from commitments which have been made."

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