UK WILL NOT PAY 100 BN BREXIT BILL TO EU, SAYS DAVIS

London – Brexit Secretary David Davis has insisted that the UK will not pay a 100bn Euro “divorce bill” to leave the EU.

He said the UK would pay what was legally due, “not just what the EU wants”.

Mr Davis said the UK treated its EU “rights and obligations” seriously but it had “not seen any number”, adding the EU was playing “rough and tough”.

Mr Davis said the negotiations had not started in earnest but indicated the UK would set down a marker when it came to talks over the divorce settlement.

He subsequently told the BBC that the 100bn figure should be viewed “with a pinch of salt” and the negotiations would not “end up there.” This statements comes amid claims that the financial settlement sought by the EU has increased.

The EU has previously insisted that the UK will have to accept liabilities stemming from its membership, including contributions to the EU Budget. However, a recent report by a House of Lords committee argued the UK was not legally obliged to pay a penny as it contributed greatly to the EU in the past 40 years. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency