EU: Peter Bone criticises ‘wretched organisation’
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Leading Brexiteer and Tory MP Peter Bone was scathing in response to the EU’s demand for yet more money from the UK. It emerged this week that the EU increased the amount the UK must pay as a Brexit “divorce payment”. The Government had originally agreed to pay Brussels a divorce fee of around £37.1bn during Brexit talks.
However, the EU has insisted that the UK now owes a whopping £40.8bn, risking another brutal post-Brexit row.
Peter Bone was asked about the “inflated divorce bill in excess of two billion pounds” on talkRADIO last night.
He responded: “Let’s face it, we were a net contributor to the European Union.
“We gave them billions and billions and billions more than we took out.”
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Mr Bone continued: “You leave their wretched organisation and then they have the nerve to expect us to pay more money, and then to increase that amount.
“And then to be awkward about the Northern Ireland Protocol.
“If I was the Prime Minister, I would say ‘stuff it, you don’t deserve anything’.”
The divorce bill covers infrastructure spending agreed during Britain’s time as an EU member, as well as pensions for the bloc’s officials.
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Many Express.co.uk readers responded with anger to the demand, with many insisting Britain should simply refuse to pay.
Another Brexiteer, Jayne Adye, director of the grass-roots pro-Brexit campaign group Get Britain Out, contrasted the EU’s treatment of Britain with that of Germany.
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She warned that the European Union’s attempt to squeeze an extra £2billion out of Britain as part of the divorce bill proves the bloc continues to regard the UK as a “treasure trove”.
A No 10 spokesman rebuked the EU claim, saying: “We don’t recognise that figure, it’s an estimate produced by the EU for its own internal accounting purposes.
“For example, it doesn’t reflect all the money owed back to the UK which reduces the amount we pay.
“Our estimate remains in the central range of between £35-39billion and we will publish full details in Parliament shortly.”
The sum was published in the EU’s accounts for 2020, which also stated that the UK should pay the EU £5.8billion this year.
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