During a special Question Time Brexit debate, an audience member was cheered as he poured scorn on claims the UK could be made to cough up billions.
Although no exact sum has been put on the Brexit bill, it’s believed Eurocrats could demand Britain pays £52billion to settle outstanding liabilities, including pensions for EU staff and ongoing infrastructure projects.
Theresa May is poised to begin official EU divorce talks on Wednesday, but it’s understood the sum will have to be settled before negotiations can begin.
The Question Time audience member was cheered as he dismissed calls for a Brexit bill
It’s just the bully on the playground taking our lunch money
Question Time audience member
However, during a fiery debate on Monday, one unnamed man told the BBC panel it was wrong for Britain to be expected to pay anything.
“I don’t want to see our country get bullied into paying some money to the EU, I don’t think it’s fair,” he roared.
“It’s just the bully on the playground taking our lunch money and I don’t think we should do it at all.”
The special BBC debate was held ahead of Article 50 being triggered
Viewers instantly took to social media to praise the man’s comments.
One user tweeted: “The UK has been giving out luncheon vouchers to other EU members who are not keen on having to buy their own.”
Another added: “Well said young man, we shouldn't have to pay any more, we have given more than enough.”
A third said: “The EU are blowing smoke. No chance any UK Government will pay a divorce bill!”
David Davis said he didn't expect the sum to be as high as £50billion
Appearing on the Question Time panel was Brexit Secretary David Davis, who argued the £50billion quoted was way off the mark.
“The Prime Minister has said that we are coming to the end of the time when we’re paying enormous sums to the European Union.
“We’ll, of course, meet our international obligations but we also expect our rights to be respected too so I don’t think we’re going to be seeing that sort of money change hands.”