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UK's Johnson baulks at Brexit cost as leadership race hots up

UK's Johnson baulks at Brexit cost as leadership race hots up

As candidates pushed their claims to be the next prime minister, Johnson said he would withhold the estimated £39 billion "divorce bill" the United Kingdom will need to pay Brussels to leave the European Union, as a lever to get a better Brexit agreement.

Cabinet minister Mr Cairns said the best person equipped to drive a "bold, ambitious plan" was Mr Johnson.

Britain is mired in its deepest political crisis in decades over how, when and whether it should leave the European Union - a decision that will fall to Mrs May's successor and affect both its future role on the world stage and prosperity for generations to come.

One of Johnson's main rivals for the post, Environment Secretary Michael Gove, continued to be sidetracked Sunday by questions about his acknowledged cocaine use when he was a youthful journalist.

Johnson, a potential candidate to succeed resigning Prime Minister Theresa May, has had a mercurial position on the US president, once suggesting President Trump's "clearly out of his mind" and "unfit for office" for suggesting a USA ban on Muslim immigrants.

Johnson, the early frontrunner in a crowded field, told the newspaper he is the only contender who can triumph over the Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn and Nigel Farage's Brexit Party.

"Finding that deal is going to mean approaching the European Union with the right kind of person". The current deadline is October 31.

Meanwhile Johnson's leadership rival Michael Gove said he would be prepared to ask for an extension on the October 31st deadline now in place for Britain to leave the European Union.

UK HOME SECRETARY Sajid Javid says that Britain should fund a new border arrangement by paying the Irish government half a billion pounds.

"In getting a good deal, money is a great solvent and a great lubricant", Johnson said, adding that he'd ensure Brexit was delivered by the current deadline of Halloween 2019.

Asked on Sky News" Sophy Ridge On Sunday whether he was confident of renegotiating the Withdrawal Agreement, he said: "If you're asking me as someone who has done deals all their life "is there a deal here?', yes, there is".

But EU officials have said they are not willing to change the terms of the deal May agreed to.

"My view is we should leave before October 31st, but if we need a few extra days or weeks in order to dot the i's and cross the t's to get us out of the European Union, that is the right thing".

While in Britain, Trump courted some of the candidates vying to replace Prime Minister Theresa May, speaking by phone to front-runner Boris Johnson.