Johnson intends to state denial to pay £39bn to Brussels, - Sky News

The source close to Emmanuel Macron stated that withholding of payments is "equivalent to a sovereign debt default"
11:36, 25 August 2019


UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is planning to tell President of the European Council Donald Tusk that he denies to pay £ 39 billion in case Great Britain will leave the European Union until October 31 without a deal. The country is ready to pay only a quarter of the so-called expense, as Sky News informs.

"It is understood he will tell Mr. Tusk that under no deal, the UK would only owe about £9bn of the £39bn liability agreed by former prime minister Theresa May," the message reads. 

The Prime Minister should meet with Donald Tusk on the G7 Summit in France on August 25. 

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Others argue the UK is legally bound to pay the £39bn sum and warn that reneging on the obligation will prevent a future trade deal being struck and could even lead to the EU pursuing the funds through the courts.

The source close to French President Emmanuel Macron said that withholding of payments is "equivalent to a sovereign debt default" in June. 

Journalists believe that such a way of communication will lead to tough relations with other state leaders on the Summit. 

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