Gisela Stuart, Chair of Change Britain has said that Theresa May must use the £39bn divorce bill to negotiate a better Brexit deal, adding that it is “her last chance”.
The Prime Minister’s EU Withdrawal Agreement agrees that the UK will cover contributions to staff pensions and commitments to EU programmes for the period up until 2020. This has been estimated to be up to £39bn.
Ms Stuart told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “We are the second largest net contributor and once Theresa May gives up that bargaining card, she will have lost her negotiating capital.
“This is really her last chance to say what the change is we need in exchange for yours.”
The meaningful vote on the Prime Minister's deal is expected to take place on Tuesday afternoon in the House of Commons.
'A false choice'
Ms Stuart added that the “second referendum is not the only option”.
“At the moment we have been given a false choice,” she said.
“The Second referendum is not the only option. The key thing that is troubling most people is the Irish backstop.
“It is locking us into a system without a way out. I think Theresa May needs to go back and say ‘my voters simply do not accept this’.”
She added: “What you have to remember with the European Council coming up at the end of the week, most European leaders are much more troubled about their elections coming up.
“They are worried about the troubles they have got at home – like what is happening in Paris.
“These are domestic things and things the European Union has to resolve. It is as much their interest to resolve Britain leaving in an orderly and successful manner as it is in ours.”