LONDON — Boris Johnson has claimed that the money the European Union is demanding from the UK over Brexit is “extortionate” and the EU should “go whistle.”
The foreign secretary said on Tuesday that the “sums they [the EU] propose seem to be extortionate and I think go whistle is an entirely appropriate expression.”
Johnson made the remarks during questions to Foreign Office ministers in the House of Commons, and also said that “there is no plan for no deal.”
Responding to a question from Labour’s shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry, who asked what the “no deal plan” was, Johnson responded: “there is no plan for no deal because we’re going to get a great deal.”
This appears to contradict previous statements by the Brexit secretary David Davis and Prime Minister Theresa May, who have both said that “no deal is better than a bad deal.”
Davis previously told the cabinet that the government should prepare for the “unlikely” scenario that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
Watch Boris tell EU to “go whistle”
It was reported on Monday that Theresa May was preparing to face Tory rebellions over the UK’s withdrawal from the European Court of Justice and that she might be forced to ‘soften’ her approach to Brexit.
First Secretary of State Damian Green suggested on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the UK could remain subject to the ECJ during a transitional period after Brexit.
The foreign secretary made the comments at the same time as May relaunched her premiership following her failure to win a majority in last month’s general election.
UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson tells parliament EU can “go whistle” over “extortionate” #Brexit bill proposalshttps://t.co/ov7iwcpGNB pic.twitter.com/NkwJCN92Pp
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