Senior Tory MP Robert Halfon recently warned U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May that the British Public would “go bananas” if she agrees to a Brexit divorce bill higher than £40 billion.
Halfon is the Conservative Party’s previous deputy chairman and cautioned May that voters would not agree to a payment to the E.U. of that size.
Funds are Needed Elsewhere.
According to Halfon, voters simply would not accept a divorce payment to the European of £40 billion or higher at a time when public services have been begging for more funding. The MP issued his words of caution as the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (DExEU), David Davis, allegedly had a falling out with the department’s top official after Davis faced repeated rejections to his demands to travel to the E.U. using private RAF planes.
Earlier in 2017, the country’s senior Brexit negotiator, Oliver Robbins, was moved from the DExEU in order to report directly to May in Downing Street. That occurred at a time in which there had been reports of tensions between the prime minister and Davis.
The Battle Between Robbins and Davis.
Robbins has reportedly continually refused to approve demands made by Davis to avoid the use of commercial flights. Davis was apparently only granted the permission he sought after taking his appeals directly to May.
May is now preparing for vital Brexit decision making at a time in which she is reportedly also getting ready to offer a divorce settlement to the E.U. that is double her previous offer of £18 billion. The £18 billion amount was announced in her September speech in Florence.
Tory Party Members Unsettled.
Since May has proposed an amount closer to £40 billion, she us now facing concerns among Conservatives.
“If we start saying that we’re going to give £40 to £50billion to the EU, I think the public will go bananas, absolutely spare,” said Halfon. He pointed out that he had voted to Remain within the European Union “because I believe in alliances of democracies in an uncertain world.” However, he added that as the public voted to leave, he respects their wishes, but believes that they would not accept such a large divorce bill payment to the E.U. “when we need money for our schools, our hospitals, our housing and many other things.”