UK’S final withdrawal bill could cost as much as £100bn, a former Brexit Minister has revealed.
MP David Jones was one of the few Conservative Brexiteers to publicly criticise the deal Theresa May reached in order to trigger trade talks earlier this week.
The Member of Parliament for Clwyd West said the UK could end up paying a “monstrous” exit settlement nearly three times the estimated divorce bill, which is expected to be between £35bn to £40bn.
The intervention came following reports that senior Leave campaigners such as Michael Gove and Boris Johnson will seek a compromise from Mrs May on a sharper break from the bloc as “payback” for their support amid her deal with the EU.
The Environment Secretary, Mr Gove, is keen to ensure the UK quits the commons fisheries policy, despite Mrs May’s agreement that the UK could retain “alignment” with the EU in areas that impact on Northern Ireland.
Mr Jones also heavily criticised the controversial issue of aligning certain standards and practices with the EU following Brexit.