22 September, Mrs May’s Florence speech – “Still I do not want our partners to fear that they will need to pay more or receive less over the remainder of the current budget plan as a result of our decision to leave. The UK will honour commitments we have made during the period of our membership.”
So we will pay what we owe.
22 October, Liam Fox – Preston on Sunday – “Britain can only come up with a figure for a financial settlement with the EU when a Brexit deal has been agreed.”
So we will pay something, but will not state what we think our commitments are, we will adjust them accordingly as the negotiations progress.
These statements are essentially contradictory. One says we will pay what we owe in full, the other that we will adjust what we will pay depending…
They are designed to manipulate the politics of the Brexit negotiations. Truth does not come in to it.
From the beginning, it has always seemed that Mrs May wants the payment to be linked to the trade negotiations. Her statement is essentially ‘Fake News’. Purporting to say we will pay, hoping to mislead enough to get the EU to move on, while not saying what we will pay.