Considered the favorite to succeed Theresa May, Boris Johnson warned Saturday that if he became Prime Minister, he would refuse the UK to pay the Brexit bill until the European Union agreed to better terms and conditions. withdrawal. Fervent defender of a hard Brexit he promises to ensure that the country leaves the Union no later than October 31, whether an agreement was found or not.

The survival of the conservative party depends on it, he says. In addition, Boris Johnson warns Brussels, saying it would refuse that the United Kingdom pays the Brexit bill until the European Union accepts better conditions of withdrawal.

"Our friends and partners need to understand that the money will be kept until we have more clarity on the way to go," said this "Brexit" supporter in a Sunday Times interview. In total, the amount of the bill has not yet been precisely established, but it should amount to "39 billion pounds," according to Johnson, between 40 and 45 billion euros.

"In a good deal, the money is an excellent solvent and a very good lubricant," said the one who was in charge of Foreign Affairs, on the occasion of his first speech since the resignation of Ms. May Friday of the head from the Conservative Party.

The agreement between London and Brussels, rejected by the British Parliament, provides for the settlement of commitments made by the United Kingdom under the current multiannual budget (2014-2020), which also covers the transitional period provided for by the agreement. The text does not give figures for the invoice, but a method of calculation.

Great Brexit craftsman

Theresa May remains head of government by the end of July, until the party appoints its new leader, who will immediately become prime minister. Johnson is seen as the favorite among the ten or so candidates.

"Bojo" (54) was one of the great architects of the Brexit victory in the June 2016 referendum. He wants the UK to leave the EU on October 31, renegotiated or not. Appreciated by the base of his party, the former mayor of London raises, however, more contrasted reactions among Tory deputies.

On June 7, the British court rejected the prosecution of Boris Johnson for lying during the Brexit referendum campaign. Boris Johnson was accused of knowingly lying when he was mayor of London, saying that the UK was paying 350 million pounds a week in Brussels.

Fervent defender of a hard line on the Brexit, the former mayor of London also promises to lead the country with an "elite team".

"I really feel like I'm the best equipped candidate, not only to organize the Brexit," but also to give color to the Conservative party, he adds.

Britney Delsey for DayNewsWorld