MP Robert Halfon has blasted the increase in the Government’s reported plans to increase its ‘divorce bill’ offer to the EU, likening Theresa May and her ministers to the 'Loadsamoney' character created by Harry Enfield.
A meeting of the Exit and Trade (Strategy and Negotiations) sub-committee in Downing Street has reportedly given the Prime Minister approval to make an improved offer to Brussels.
Theresa May will present the improved offer, believed to be between £38bn and £40bn, to Brussels on Friday, with the proviso that the EU will only receive the money if it agrees to advance to the next stage of negotiations.
Halfon, the MP for Harlow and chairman of the Education Select Committee, asked when the Government started giving away wads of cash.
He told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "I was a Remainer, but I never imagined we’d be offering the EU £40 billion when we have severe public spending restraints at home.
"We can’t say that we are a government of good housekeeping of the nation’s finances, dealing with debt and deficit, and then becoming like Harry Enfield, Loadsamoney, giving wads of taxpayers’ cash to the EU.
"It will be damaging for the Conservative Party."