Boris Johnson is set to meet Donald Tusk (Image: GETTY)
In a move likely to be seen as a punishment for Brussels refusal to renegotiate Britain may only play £7billion or £9billion of the £39billion agreed in Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement. As Mail on Sunday reports, Number 10 lawyers are believed to have concluded the UK could slash the bill as it would no longer need to pay the costs of the proposed transition period. Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron insisted Britain must pay the bill in full even if it departs without a deal.
Mr Johnson is set to meet European Council President Donald Tusk today.
Mr Tusk, formerly the Prime Minister of Poland said yesterday he would not co-operate with the UK over no deal.
He explained: “I hope Prime Minister Johnson would not like to go down in history as Mr No Deal.”
Mr Johnson fought back telling reporters: “I don't want a No Deal Brexit but I say to our friends in the EU: if they don't want a No Deal Brexit then we've got to get rid of the backstop from the treaty.