'Don't make it up!' Brexiteer rages at Italian MEP in clash over the Brexit divorce bill

Posted on Oct 22 2017 - 9:49pm by admin

Nigel Evans told Italian MEP Roberto Gaultieri that the UK should only pay the Brussels bloc its obligations after Brexit. 

The Prime Minister declared the UK would look through the EU’s demands “line by line” before agreeing to a divorce settlement with the Brussels club. 

Mrs May has also made clear that a final settlement on the bill “will come as part of the final agreement in relation to the future partnership”.

Speaking on BBC’s Sunday Politics, Brexiteer, Mr Evans, warned the Italian MEP that Britain should only pay its commitments and obligations. 

He said: “The £20billion is relating to our two-year transition so that is our membership during that period of time. Then anything else above that should clearly relate to our contractual obligations. 

“You mentioned a few earlier, we want to make absolutely certain that Lord Peter Mandelson gets his pension, into his old age. Clearly, there will be all sorts of British people who work at the European Union their pensions need to be properly looked after. 

“You mentioned some EU institutions moving from Britain back into the EU, if that is the case then clearly there will be cost to that. There does seem to be a lot of figures floating around.

“You quite rightly said at the beginning of the show that the European Union is coming at it from a stance that we want as much money as we possibly can from the United Kingdom in order that they don’t have to fill the hole that is created. 

“And I come from it that…we only pay what we absolutely need to because I want the rest of the money being spent on British public services, in hospitals, schools, the police force and the armed forces.  

“I think it behoves people like Roberto in Rome, to look practically at what that figure is, because you don’t just make it up, it has to actually relate to something.” 

Mr Gualtieri suggested the EU was waiting for the UK to hurry up with discussing the Brexit bill after it had “wasted time” working out its position. 

He said: “We are not yet at the point of numbers but we would like exactly to recall that exercise to go by line by line to define what is a commitment, what does it mean, and so to prepare the ground for arriving to a number. 

“I have to note that so far this exercise has been let’s say postponed by the UK and I welcome this readiness to enter and to start doing this exercise which is essential to move to the second phase of negotiations.” 

During her time at the European Council summit last week, the Prime Minister urged her European counterparts to give the UK a deal that she could “defend” to the British people and for the EU to make a “joint effort and endeavour” in delivering Brexit. 

When Mrs May was asked about the divorce settlement, the Prime Minister referred to her Florence speech, where she said the UK would follow its commitments and pay until the end of the EU budget in 2020. 

She said: “I want a deep and special partnership between the EU and the UK after Brexit. A partnership based on the same set of beliefs. I am ambitious and positive for Britain’s future and for these negotiations.

“But I know we still have some way to go. Both sides have approached these talks with professionalism and a constructive spirit and we should recognise what has been achieved to date.”

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