UK's Home Secretary thinks giving Ireland £500m will solve the border dispute

Larry Hoffman
June 10, 2019

Speaking with the Mail On Sunday, Javid, who is one of the MPs in the running for Conservative Party leadership, has said that it's Britain's responsibility to pay for it and that it it will take "hundreds of millions of euros, no one really knows because it hasn't been done before".

In his first major intervention of the campaign, he declared that he would deliver Brexit by refusing to pay the £39bn exit payment agreed by Theresa May until Brussels agrees a better deal.

He is approaching this seismic challenge with confidence, craft, vision and attention to detail.

"His proven track record of winning elections means he is the best person to be prime minister".

"If we get a Brexit deal in the next few months there will be a mini- economic boom, it will immediately have an economic impact", he said.

Boris Johnson speaks at the Conservative Home fringe meeting at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, Britain, October 2, 2018.

The Scots Tory leader also believes Mr Javid is "an instinctive and committed Unionist" who will stand up for the United Kingdom against the SNP, but will also defend Scotland's interests at Westminster. He also confirmed he would be willing to delay Brexit by a few days or weeks if a deal with the European Union was close.

"I think our friends and partners need to understand that the money is going to be retained until such time as we have greater clarity about the way forward", Johnson told the Sunday Times. "I would propose to do that because economically it's right and morally it's right".

Main rivals foreign minister Jeremy Hunt, agriculture minister Michael Gove and interior minister Sajid Javid, also want to renegotiate or modify the deal, but none have threatened not to pay the exit bill Mrs May agreed with the European Union in 2018.

Johnson said withholding the £39 billion-pound financial settlement will be a "great solvent and a great lubricant" in forcing the European Union to offer a good deal to the UK.

"I truly believe only I can steer the country between the Scylla and Charybdis of Corbyn and Farage and on to calmer water".

Conservative MP Priti Patel.

"This can only be achieved by delivering Brexit as promised on October 31 and delivering a One Nation Tory agenda".

The former foreign secretary has picked up support from James Cleverly, who pulled out of the leadership race and from prominent Brexiteer Steve Baker who had been considering his own run for the post.

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