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Thread #165570 Message #4005883
Posted By: Steve Shaw
26-Aug-19 - 05:09 AM
Thread Name: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
Subject: RE: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
I see that Johnson is trying to use the divorce money as a weapon again. Well several things. First, the sum is now quite a bit less than £39 billion, possibly only £33 billion by now, because we didn't leave in March and the transactions done since then have lowered the sum. Second, we would be legally obliged to pay a considerable chunk of it, maybe eight or nine billion or more, whatever happens - even Downing Street has acknowledged that, and you can bet your life that the EU will see us in court for the rest. Third, any refusal to pay would completely sour future relations with the EU, our biggest trading partner by a country mile. Fourth, the EU will not talk to us about trade until we've paid, their position all along. These are the immovable objects and do not reflect any weaponising of the financial settlement by the EU. Boris isn't telling us any of that. He's still talking £39 billion up for grabs. Of course, being the stranger to the truth that he is, that's no surprise.