Brexiteer Kate Hoey says UK will not pay EU divorce bill unless Britain gets a deal

The pro-Brexit politician said the Britain will not give “a penny” to the EU unless it strikes a deal on the divorce terms and the future trading relationship.

Ms Hoey said: “The money is not going to be given – not a penny – until we’ve got a deal.

“If we don’t get a deal I’m not sure we would be paying very much money. And I wouldn’t want to pay any money that’s not actually owed.”

She conceded the UK would abide by its “legal responsibilities” to the EU but demanded a comprehensive explanation for the sum requested from Brussels to settle Brexit.

The Labour politician added the other key issues of the first phase of Brexit talks – the Irish border and citizens’ rights – could soon be resolved.

Speaking to The Alex Salmond Show, Ms Hoey said: “I’m all for keeping our country’s legal responsibilities but I want to see dot and comma of exactly why they are asking us for all this money.

“The border issue is meaningless thing. It can be worked out between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. We have settled, I think almost completely, on the European Union citizens in this country.”

Prime Minister Theresa May was forced to break off negotiations with EU boss Jean-Claude Juncker after details of a proposed deal on the Irish border emerged, prompting the immediate intervention of DUP leader Arlene Foster.

The Prime Minister is planning to return to Brussels before the end of the week, with time running out to persuade leaders of the remaining 27 EU nations at a summit on December 14-15 that “sufficient progress” has been made on divorce issues to move Brexit negotiations on to their second phase.

And Irish PM Leo Varadkar has said Ireland will not stray from the terms already agreed earlier this week with Mrs May and approved with the EU before Ms Foster’s intervention. 

Dublin possesses a veto which could block talks progressing to trade unless the country is happy with Mrs May’s assurances on the Irish border. 

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