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Boris Johnson rejects claims he had to back down from telling EU to ‘go whistle’ over ‘Brexit bill’ – Politics live

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Sky and BBC News cut away from the Boris Johnson Q&A before it finished. As often happens when they do that, they missed the best bit – with seems to be Johnson’s response to a question from Sky’s Faisal Islam.

Johnson: “V v imp that whatever happens now ha shot to be consistent with taking back control of laws borders and cash…
Go whistle was about £80-£100bn”

Just asked Foreign Secretary about whether he was briefed in Cabinet sub committee about the offer on Ireland regulatory alignment, and if he is comfortable with whole UK alignment in order to keep border open…

He said he wouldnt comment on or off record and Cabinet sub committees… he said whether the end deal “it has to be consistent with taking back control of our laws, borders and money” banging his fist on the podium

Judging from this morning’s No 10 lobby briefing, there’s no immediate Brexit news: the word “ongoing” was used at least three times, referring to negotiations, conversations and the wider process.

When asked if a new text of a deal was being circulated May’s spokesman said:

As the PM set out at the start of the week in the Commons, we think we’re close to an agreement but there’s more work to be done. It’s an ongoing process and we’ll update you as it goes along.

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