Jezza lays into Boris for telling EU ‘go whis­tle’

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JEREMY Cor­byn has ac­cused Boris John­son of ar­ro­gance af­ter the For­eign Sec­re­tary said the Euro­pean Union could “go whis­tle” if they make “ex­tor­tion­ate” de­mands over Brexit.

Mr John­son was re­spond­ing in the House of Com­mons to ques­tions over the pro­posed “di­vorce bill” which the UK is ex­pected to re­ceive next week as Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions re­sume in Brus­sels.

The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion has sug­gested that the bill could be around £50bn, while un­con­firmed re­ports have claimed it could reach al­most twice that fig­ure.

In the Com­mons, Tory Philip Hol­lobone said the UK had made a net con­tri­bu­tion of £209bn to the EU since join­ing in 1973, adding: “Will you make it clear to the EU that if they want a penny piece more then they can go whis­tle?”

Mr John­son replied: “He makes a very valid point and I think that the sums that I have seen that they pro­pose to de­mand from this coun­try seem to me to be ex­tor­tion­ate and I think ‘to go whis­tle’ is an en­tirely ap­pro­pri­ate ex­pres­sion.”

Speak­ing out­side the Com­mons cham­ber, Mr Cor­byn said: “I think it is ridicu­lous for the For­eign Sec­re­tary to ap­proach im­por­tant ne­go­ti­a­tions with that silly, ar­ro­gant lan­guage he so of­ten em­ploys.

“Treat peo­ple with re­spect and there’s a fair chance you will be treated with re­spect in re­turn.”

The UK’s ne­go­ti­at­ing team un­der Brexit Sec­re­tary David Davis is due to be­gin the first full round of talks with the EU’s Michel Barnier on Mon­day.

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