Published: Thu, June 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

European Union warns United Kingdom must pay bill even in 'no deal' Brexit

European Union warns United Kingdom must pay bill even in 'no deal' Brexit

Under the Brexit withdrawal agreement agreed previous year between outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May and her fellow EU leaders, Britain would owe the union approximately £39-billion.

MPs voted 309 to 298 against the measure which would have enabled politicians to size control of the House of Commons later this month.

During a "One Nation" Conservative Party hustings in Parliament, leadership contender Matt Hancock described Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as an anti-Semite.

Sajid Javid, the last of the 10 candidates to launch his campaign ahead of Thursday's first round of voting, dismissed Mr Johnson as "yesterday's news", saying the party needed to show it had changed.

He warned failure that to honour the referendum vote risked handing power to Jeremy Corbyn and Labour at the next general election.

"Now is the time to unite this country and unite this society", he said, stressing that this task can be only achieved after leaving the EU.

"I am not aiming for a no-deal outcome, but it is only responsible to prepare vigorously and seriously for no-deal", he said.

The move comes after a number of high-profile contenders for the Tory leadership said they would be prepared to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union without a deal if no new agreement had been reached by October 31.

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Labour described the defeat as "disappointing" and said it would not stop trying to block a no deal.

However, MPs on Wednesday defeated a cross-party attempt led by the main Labour opposition to try to block a no-deal exit by seizing control of the parliamentary agenda from the Government, prompting sterling to fall to a day's low against the dollar.

Since Theresa May stepped down as the UK Prime Minister after failing to deliver a favourable Brexit deal, the race to deliver a new deal has gotten tougher.

He gave no specifics, but has previously said he would support the no-deal option over seeing no Brexit at all.

"No-deal can not be imposed on the country or on Parliament and we will find mechanisms to make sure that doesn't happen", a senior party source said.

Asked if he could be trusted, Johnson said he could.

One of the reasons the public "feels alienated" from politicians is because "we are muffling and veiling our language", he added.

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