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BRUSSELS COULD END UP PAYING BRITAIN A BREXIT DIVORCE BILL, SAYS BORIS JOHNSON

Brussels could end up having to pay Britain a Brexit divorce bill because the UK has contributed to so many EU assets, Boris Johnson has suggested, as he accused Europe of wanting to “bleed this country white”. In his first major interview of the election campaign, the Foreign Secretary said there were “very good arguments” to why Britain should demand money back, adding that EU leaders were “trying it on”. He said Britain could leave the EU without paying a penny if there was no Brexit deal, and compared warnings about a “no deal” Brexit to the unfounded fears over the non-existent millennium bug in 1999… Referring to the hostile leaking of an account of Theresa May’s Downing Street dinner with Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President, and Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, he said: “We have seen already from the shameful way they treated the Number 10 dinner that Brussels is ruthless in its negotiating techniques. They are going to play dirty. We have got to be very wary and intellectually very firm.”

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