BRITAIN will have spent a shocking £200billion on European Union membership by the time Brexit occurs, MPs have heard.
And the Kettering MP said he expects the final bill to have reached a whopping £209billion by early 2019.
But he warned it would be “simply outrageous” if the EU asked the UK to pay any exit charges – and demanded Britain plays Brussels negotiators at their own game.
“We joined what was then called the common market with effect from January 1 1973. Its official title was the European Economic Community.
“Since that date, it has changed – sometimes with and sometimes without consent by the British people – into the European Community, or the EC, and now the European Union.
“That is up to 2016, so it doesn’t include this year, next year or the bit of 2019 before we leave this dreadful organisation.
“If the real-terms total is, as of today, something like £187billion, it will be well over £200billion in real terms by the time we leave.”
“I think it is simply outrageous for any EU negotiator to demand that this country continues to pay for us to leave when we have contributed all this money, net, since we joined on January 1 1973.”
He also asked Brexit Minister Robin Walker to be “extremely robust” when negotiating the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.
He joked: “I have added on £2billion just for fun. But that is the sort of tactic the EU negotiators will adopt, so we should start playing them at their own game.”
Chancellor Philip Hammond told MPs earlier this week that suggestions from Brussels, widely estimated at amounting to a £50billion “divorce bill”, should be treated as “nothing more, nothing less” than the “opening gambit” of Brexit talks.