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Demand for Brexit deal: European Union can 'go whistle', says Boris Johnson

The sum of money EU is demanding from Britain 'seem to be extortionate', he said

Reuters  |  London 

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson

The sums of money the European Union (EU) is demanding from as part of its settlement "seem to be extortionate", Foreign Secretary said on Tuesday.

The puts Britain's exit bill at tens of billions of euros, partly to cover a share of future budget commitments made while it was a member.

Asked by a lawmaker in parliament if the should be told to "go whistle" if it wants more money from Britain, Johnson said: "I think that the sums that I have seen ... seem to me to be extortionate and I think go whistle is an entirely appropriate expression."

"Go whistle" is a phrase that means to ask for something with little chance of obtaining it.

Johnson also said the government had not made any plans for failing to reach a deal with the

First Published: Tue, July 11 2017. 17:21 IST