A Brexit Party MEP has told the EU it “can do one” while speaking at the European Parliament’s budget session in Strasbourg.
Michael Heaver addressed the chamber saying: “17.4 million Brits who voted to leave the European Union in 2016 will be bewildered and angry to find out that they’re on the hook for billions of pounds towards the EU’s 2020 budget.
“Let me tell you what we think about the prospect of handing over £30 billion plus for another European treaty. No thanks, no deal, you can do one.”
The MEP for East of England was referring to the £39 billion “divorce bill” that forms part of Theresa May’s rejected withdrawal agreement.
He said his party will fight for a “clean break” from the EU and warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson that he "cannot simply rebrand and resell” Mrs May’s deal.
“No deal means no UK money for the European Union – sounds pretty good to me,” he added.
Mr Johnson has repeatedly said that he wants to take Britain out of the EU with a deal in place but has also refused to rule out leaving without one.
European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker told MEPs there was still a “palpable risk” of a no-deal Brexit but that his talks with Mr Johnson had been “friendly, constructive and in part positive”.
“The Commission is prepared to work day in day out, morning until night - with a few breaks - to try to find the technical and political solutions we need but I am not sure that we will get there,” he said.
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said it was clear from the "emollient" comments by Mr Juncker that they were "very close" to a deal at the EU summit next month in Brussels.
However, he said such an agreement would be bad for the UK and "the only way forward now is to deliver on the referendum is for a clean break Brexit.”