THE UK must not give Brussels £39billion in return for “nothing” former Brexit Secretary David Davis said on ITV Peston as he warned against any Brexit deal which doesn’t finalise Britain’s future trading relationship with the EU.
He told ITV’s political editor Robert Peston: “If it’s the case that the EU don’t accept Chequers but say we want something else, or reject Chequers, or want something incredibly vague is that going to be acceptable? Answer no.
“£39billion of taxpayers money goes along with this deal.
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“We’re going to do that for nothing? I don’t think so.”
Mr Davis was responding to claims the EU wants an exit deal which would see the UK pay the full £39billion divorce settlement in return for only vague assurances about Britain’s future trade relationship with Europe.
Asked whether it is “inconceivable” such a deal would get through Parliament, he replied: “We seem to be coming to the end of the negotiation for the withdrawal agreement.
“That’s one piece of it.
“The other piece is our future trading relationship. We’ve no guarantees on that at all.
“I can’t see Parliament voting that through no matter which way you voted in the referendum.”
Mr Davis added that if the UK hands over the £39billion without getting a future trading deal in return it would be surrendering its best negotiating card.