Oonagh Keating. Updated July 22nd, 2022
When the UK left the EU, it still had some financial commitments to the bloc, which were estimated to come to around £32.9 billion. On Thursday, a statement from the government admitted that the figure is now £42.5 billion – an increase of almost £10 billion.
— Faisal Islam (@faisalislam) July 21, 2022
The announcement was made very quietly, after the start of parliament’s recess, cunningly avoiding coming under fire from opposition MPs – or even Tory bankbenchers, such as Theresa May.
There was a lot of sarcasm mixed into these scathing reactions.
Brexit divorce bill jumps £10 billion to £42.5 billion but definitely something to celebrate 🍾 given the massive, massive benefits we’re all enjoying https://t.co/kPb7GXMsp7
— Otto English (@Otto_English) July 21, 2022
— Incorrigible FCA (@ImIncorrigible) July 21, 2022
Be fair. Not everyone who voted for it was an idiot. A fair few were traitors. https://t.co/OZDWZixkkK
— Michael Moran (@TheMichaelMoran) July 21, 2022
I imagine Leavers will say we shouldn’t pay this. As it relates principally to pension obligations, please can I be the one to tell fraud Farage that he isn’t getting any more of the gold-plated pension he didn’t deserve? https://t.co/CJ3fmhBVuv
— Brian Moore (@brianmoore666) July 21, 2022
glad this is us holding all the cards, otherwise this would be a monumental waste of money https://t.co/C2rW5fB0Ux
— Toby Earle 🇺🇦 (@TobyonTV) July 21, 2022
Still, it was all worth it to say fuck you to brie. https://t.co/li0McEVkfb
— Ian Dunt (@IanDunt) July 21, 2022
On top of the UK losing 22.8Bn a year in benefits/trade and every worker being down £500 pa. Boris Got Brexit Done.
— HappyToast ★ (@IamHappyToast) July 21, 2022
BREAKING: If you’re struggling with the cost of living crisis, you will be ecstatic to know the Brexit divorce bill has gone up by £10 billion, meaning it will now cost you £1,517 – which is an extra £357. I’m confused, wasn’t this thing supposed to be saving us money? x
— Laura Kuenssberg Translator (@BBCLauraKT) July 22, 2022
Didn’t see €50billion on the side of a bus… https://t.co/PvKfmDsZKg
— Anna Turley 🌹🐝💙🇺🇦 (@annaturley) July 21, 2022
Brexit – the gift that keeps on costing. https://t.co/6NMJG6yDKs
— Jessica Simor QC (@JMPSimor) July 22, 2022
Johnson’s Brexit divorce bill per UK household jumps by £357 to £1517 – money desperately needed for heating & eating https://t.co/Gb4C0vP1H6
— Geraint Davies (@GeraintDaviesMP) July 22, 2022
One day, people are going to get angry about this. https://t.co/io6DNJbIX9
— Jonathan Lis (@jonlis1) July 21, 2022
Considering there’s a Tory leadership race on, this additional cost should come up in candidate interviews.
No one who did this to Britain should be allowed near public office. https://t.co/VBOwxHQ4fA
— Brendan May (@bmay) July 21, 2022