Jacob Rees-Mogg has criticised the government’s Brexit negotiating strategy, saying: ‘We shouldn’t agree to give them any money until they have given us substantial important things that we want’.
‘It is a sign of negotiating weakness to allow numbers to be discussed at this point’.
‘To agree this amount of money at this stage would be a bad deal. We should be very tough on the money. It is our best negotiating card and they need it – we’ve got it’.
‘It is playing the EU’s game, when we have no legal obligation to pay them anything at all’.
These comments were echoed by Conservative MP Peter Bone who said:
‘One of the prime reasons the UK voted to leave the EU was to stop sending them billions of pounds per year, so it would be totally bizarre to give the EU any money, let alone £36 billion’.
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