UK may refuse paying EU Brexit divorce bill

 UK may refuse paying EU Brexit divorce bill

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said he is “relaxed” about not having a trade deal with the European Union.

He has also made it clear that if Brussels bureaucrats continue to to refuse to see reason he will withhold the £39 billion divorce settlement promised in December.

"Article 50 requires, as we negotiate the withdrawal agreement, that there's a future framework for our new relationship going forward, so the two are linked. You can't have one side fulfilling its side of the bargain and the other side not, or going slow, or failing to commit on its side," Express cited Raab as saying.

"So, I think we do need to make sure that there's some conditionality between the two," the Brexit secretary added.

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