**Brexit: Theresa May hints Britain will still pay into the EU budget, despite being told it would be ‘betraying’ voters
The Prime Minister leaves the door open to continuing payments, as pressure grows for a transitional deal to cushion the economic blow from EU withdrawal
Theresa May dropped the clearest hint yet that Britain will still pay into the EU budget after Brexit – despite being told it would be “betraying” voters…
However, Ms May did appear to confirm that she is willing to continue paying into the EU budget, possibly as part of a transitional deal to cushion the exit.
The move will be controversial both with hardline Brexit supporters – and with voters who were told that £350m a week more will be given to the NHS instead.
Ms May was put under pressure by Conservative backbencher Philip Davies, who said funding for the EU was “one of the big issues” in the referendum campaign.
He said: “Will the Prime Minister make a pledge that, when we leave the EU, we will not paying any money into the EU budget?
“Surely even contemplating that will be contemplating betraying what people voted for?”
But Ms May refused to give such a pledge, saying instead: “What’s important is that, when we leave the European Union, people want to ensure that it’s the British Government that decides how taxpayers’ money is spent.”
Other Cabinet ministers, led by Chancellor Philip Hammond, are calling for a transitional Brexit deal – which would require payments – but Ms May has refused to back her key colleague publicly…
And the Prime Minister was warned that a £50bn “Brexit bill” – for outstanding liabilities – would be “one of the first issues on the table” in the negotiations…
And she hinted she wants Britain to remain in Europol and keep the European arrest warrant, after Brexit – having argued for them as Home Secretary.
But her refusal to give any further details of her economic Brexit strategy was strongly criticised by Pat McFadden, a pro-EU Labour MP.**