An EU flag and a British Union Jack flag are seen flying near the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, May 16, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville
LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to tell European Union leaders he will withhold 30 billion pounds ($37 billion) from the Brexit divorce bill unless they agree to changes to the deal, the Mail on Sunday reported.
If Britain leaves the bloc without a trade deal, lawyers have concluded the government’s will only have to pay the EU 9 billion pounds, rather than 39 billion pounds, the newspaper reported. This is because there will not be any of the costs associated with any transition period, the newspaper said.
Johnson’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Reporting By Andrew MacAskill; Editing by Daniel Wallis