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British foreign minister Boris Johnson said today that the European Union could "go whistle" for the money they expect Britain to pay when withdrawing from the bloc.
"I think that the sums that I have seen that they propose to demand from this country seem to me to be extortionate and I think 'to go whistle' is an entirely appropriate expression," Johnson told parliament.
But the true figure could be far lower, as the 100 billion does not account for tens of billions that Britain is set to get back in shared assets and rebates.
Facing questions about Britain's future after Brexit, Johnson also said that "there is no plan for no deal because we are going to get a great deal".
Prime Minister Theresa May - who wants to take Britain out of the EU's single market and customs area in order to limit the free movement of people and strike trade deals with other countries - had previously insisted that "no deal is better than a bad deal".
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