These two headlines show just how far back the Tories are willing to row on Brexit


Back in July, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson defiantly stated in the Commons that Britain would not be paying the fees that Brussels were demanding in exchange for a deal.

Metro report that the EU were asking for £92 billion as part of the divorce bill which the UK has so far refused to pay.

Johnson's stance came after he was addressed by Eurosceptic Tory MP, Philip Hollobone who had urged Johnson to reject a multi billion-pound exit payment, telling the EU that they can:

go whistle.

The Guardian quote Hollobone as saying:

Since we joined the common market on 1 January 1973 until the day we leave, we will have given the EU and its predecessors, in today’s money, in real terms, a total of £209bn.

Will you make it clear to the EU that if they want a penny piece more then they can go whistle?

As the self-appointed leader of the Eurosceptics and one of the primary forces of the Leave campaign, Johnson echoed Hollobone's thoughts.

 I’m sure that your words will have broken like a thunderclap over Brussels and they will pay attention to what you have said. 

He makes a very valid point and I think that the sums that I have seen that they propose to demand from this country seem to me to be extortionate and I think ‘to go whistle’ is an entirely appropriate expression.

However, it appears that the Conservatives leader and Prime Minister doesn't quite agree with Mr. Johnson.

A story in the The Sunday Timesreveals Theresa May is alledgedly working on a secret £50 billion Brexit bill in order to kick start trade talks with the EU.

The report states that she wishes to put the bill in place after the Tory conference in October, which could cause huge repercussion in the already fractured party.

If the deal were to go ahead it would see Britain pay between £7bn and £17bn a year to Brussels in the three years after Brexit finally comes into being.

So much for saving that £350m for the NHS then.

Business Insider's Political Editor Adam Bienkov contrasted two headlines to illustrate the climbdown.

Since the publication of that story Brexit Secretary David Davis has appeared on the BBC's Andrew Marr show and denied the claims.

He labelled the story "complete nonsense" and that "the strict position is that there is no enforceable bill."

He continued.

We are a country that meets its obligations.

They may not be legal, they may be political or moral.

The era of big payments to the European Union is coming to an end.

There will still be payments, for space programmes, for nuclear research, and so on.

It is best that we leave on proper negotiated terms.

There are issues if you just walk away. It can be done, but there are issues

For all their rhetoric, at times conflicting with each other, the Tories' Brexit plans don't seem that formidable.

The calendar flips closer and closer towards March 2019.

HT The Guardian,The Sunday Times,Twitter, Metro, Independent

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