Conservative MP John Redwood has criticised the idea of a Brexit ‘divorce bill’, saying:
‘On the big issue of the so-called settlement, I hope we can get that out of the way very quickly’.
‘It seems to me very easy: the UK doesn’t owe them anything. The treaties make no provision for making a leaving present to the EU when we go, just as we didn’t get a welcome present when we arrived’.
‘We’ve always said we’ll pay our net contributions in the normal way, owing up to the point of departure, so I don’t really see what’s there is to talk about’.
Mr. Redwood also criticised Labour’s pledge to stay in the single market and customs union during a post-Brexit transition period, saying:
‘The opposition is making themselves an irrelevance on this important issue by flip flopping around following their sensible statements to back our leaving the EU after the referendum decision’.
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