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UK negotiator dismisses reports of 40 bn-pound Brexit bill

Davis denied Johnson's article had changed the content of May's speech

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negotiator on Sunday dismissed a report that was prepared to pay a 40 billion pounds ($54 billion) divorce bill on leaving the European Union.

The Times quoted a "Brussels source" in their story yesterday, but Davis told BBC television that "they sort of made that up."


"I'm not going to do an actual number on air, it would be ridiculous to do that, but we have a fairly clear idea where we're going on this," he said.

He called claims for to contribute to the bloc's future pension pot as "debatable to say the least."

"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."

British Prime Minister on Friday revealed plans for a transition period of around two years after it officially leaves in 2019, during which time would still largely be under current rules.

Davis stressed that "would not under any circumstances" accept the supremacy of the European Court of Justice after the transition period, a key issue for hardliners.

He added that it was "quite likely" that a joint system of EU-courts will be agreed in order to resolve disputes.

May's cabinet is divided over certain key issues of Brexit, particularly on what terms wishes to access the EU's single market after it has left.

The pro-faction of her government, led by finance minister Philip Hammond, want close ties with the bloc, while campaigner and foreign minister Boris Johnson is pushing for a cleaner break.

Johnson heightened tensions last week with a newspaper article spelling out his vision and wrote again in the latest edition of the Sunday Telegraph to lay down his demands.

He said should not adopt any new rules made during the transition period and wants London to be able to sign trade deals with countries outside the during the two-year period.

Davis denied Johnson's article had changed the content of May's speech, saying the "policy in the prime minister's speech had been coming for a long time.

"I don't think there's been any change of policy in the last few weeks.

First Published: Sun, September 24 2017. 19:26 IST
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