Boris Johnson is not yet prime minister, but he is already threatening. If he succeeds Theresa May, who resigned on 7 June, he will refuse to allow the UK to pay the Brexit bill until the European Union accepts better withdrawal conditions.
"Our friends and partners need to understand that the money will be kept until we have more clarity on the way to go," said this "Brexit" supporter in a Sunday Times interview.
"In a good deal, silver is an excellent solvent and a very good lubricant," said the former foreign minister, on the occasion of his first speech since the resignation of Theresa May Friday of the head from the Conservative Party.
An invoice estimated between 40 and 45 billion euros
The agreement between London and Brussels, rejected by the British Parliament, provides for the settlement of commitments made by the United Kingdom under the current multiannual budget (2014-2020), which also covers the transitional period provided for by the agreement.
The text does not give figures for the invoice, but a method of calculation. The British government has proposed an amount between 40 and 45 billion euros, unconfirmed figures on the side of the EU.
"Bojo" for a departure on October 31
Theresa May remains head of government by the end of July, until the party appoints its new leader, who will immediately become prime minister. Boris Johnson is perceived as the favorite among the ten candidates.
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"Bojo" (54) was one of the great architects of the Brexit victory in the June 2016 referendum. He wants the UK to leave the EU on October 31, renegotiated or not. Appreciated by the base of his party, the former mayor of London raises, however, more contrasted reactions among Tory deputies.
On June 7, the British court rejected the prosecution of Boris Johnson for lying during the Brexit referendum campaign. Boris Johnson was accused of knowingly lying when he was mayor of London, saying that the UK was paying 350 million pounds a week in Brussels.