David Davis, Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, arrives for a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street in London, September 21, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville

David Davis :£40 billion Brexit ‘divorce bill’ is ‘made up

Brexit Secretary David Davis has claimed that the idea of a £40 billion Brexit divorce bill is ‘made up’.

But he admitted that the UK would pay in ‘roughly’ £10 billion a year during the two-year transition after Brexit in 2019.

But Davis claimed that suggestions that the final bill (with pensions and other liabilities) would be double that amount were ‘made up’.

Davis said, ‘Things like pensions and other things, these are debatable to say the least,’ he said in an interview with BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show.

‘The last time we went through line by line and challenged quite a lot of the legal basis of these things and we’ll continue to do that.


David Davis claims that £40 billion Brexit ‘divorce bill’ is ‘made up’

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‘That doesn’t mean that we want to see our allies and friends in Europe massively disadvantaged in the next few years and that’s what we’re aiming not to do.’

Asked about claims by ‘Brussels sources’, quoted in The Times, that the final settlement could be around £40 billion, Mr Davis said: ‘They sort of made that up too.’

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