Unless the EU agrees to a deal with the UK, they should not get a penny of the Brexit divorce payment say two former Tory ministers.
According to former Tory leader and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Sir Iain Duncan Smith – or IDS for short – and former Brexit minister David Jones, the EU has not met its obligations to act in good faith in negotiating a post Brexit trade deal – so shouldn’t get another penny of the £39 billion Brexit divorce bill.
This could also extend to the other provisions in the Withdrawal Agreement, which have been a growing concern to members of the Tory Party Eurosceptic ‘European Research Group’, or ‘ERG’.
And the two Tories argue that with no trade deal the obligations in the Withdrawal Agreement should fall.
There are worries that, due to the pressures placed on the EU and eurozone economies by the rather unexpected ravages of the pandemic, the Withdrawal Agreement treaty could leave the way open for Brussels to demand billions from the UK to help rebuild the EU, or even keep it afloat.