May to PAY: Prime Minister ‘to offer EU leaders post-Brexit budget hole of £18 BILLION’

THERESA MAY is expected to offer £18billion to Angela Merkel to fill the hole left by Brexit in the European Union’s budget, according to reports.

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Theresa May is set to make a Brexit bill offer in Florence

Mrs May reportedly hopes that this financial offer will break a three-month deadlock in Brexit talks and allow negotiations to continue between David Davis and Michel Barnier.EU officials are keen to pin Britain down over the exit bill, which is stalling talks from progressing.

The Prime Minister is due to fly to Florence this week to discuss her vision for a post-Brexit Britain and the future ties with Europe.

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Boris has criticised Theresa May’s Brexit strategy

One EU official told the paper: “There is a contribution to make for that single market participation which is independent and on top of any debts from the past.”British officials said it is likely that Mrs May has already told her cabinet of the details of her Florence speech.

UK officials have claimed Britain would ensure no member state would be required to pay more into the EU budget or receive less money from it until 2020.

In a 4,000 word article in the Telegraph, Boris Johnson told Mrs May to forget about paying excessive sums into the EU after 2019.There is speculation that Mr Johnson could resign over Mrs May’s strategy on Brexit.

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Brexit talks have come to a standstill in Brussels

The Foreign Secretary believes the UK should have a loose relationship with the single market, similar to Canada’s free-trade deal.Last Friday, the Brexit Secretary David Davis said that Britain’s EU divorce bill is “£60 billion and falling”.

Mujtaba Rahman, head of Europe for the Eurasia Group risk consultancy, said: “The message from the EU is clear: covering budget holes is only a start; for a deal in October May also has to acknowledge that the UK will pay to settle past debts.”

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Jane Davies
Jane Davies

We have been told there is no legal obligation so why is this amount even being discussed? This is not the governments money it belongs to the taxpayer and the majority, I have no doubt, do not want to give this corrupt organization any more of their hard earned. Where are the accounts that say this money needs to be paid? No… what we need are politicians who will stand up for the taxpayers and not give in to blackmail, sadly todays lot are too used to doing as they are told by Brussels and have no backbone.


Pay them nothing ask for the cash value of our assets back and walk away. It is not difficult, its the only sensible move left, but then May have never been accused of being sensible.

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