The new figure has emerged as Tory backbench MPs have threatened to revolt over paying any exit fee to the EU.
The fury from senior Tories followed a separate Whitehall briefing that the Government is considering a much higher amount of £36 billion.
But senior sources in the Government have said that the £36 billion figure is “wrong” and former Brexit minister David Jones accused civil servant of trying to “bounce” ministers into paying too much.
The Daily Express was told that £36 billion is “much higher” than the real figure being considered.
And a cabinet minister has told the Express that in fact ministers are considering £10 billion but only to smooth over the negotiations.
Outrage as minister claims Britain could pay EU £10bn divorce bill as ‘GOODWILL gesture’
We could cope with paying about £10 billion as a goodwill gesture to smooth things over
The minister said: “We could cope with paying about £10 billion as a goodwill gesture to smooth things over.”
The minister added that it “would be a small price to pay” for a good deal.
With the Treasury revealing yesterday that the UK currently pays the EU £156 million a week (£8.1 billion a year), £10 billion would cover the year after Britain is supposed to leave in 2019 which is also the final year of the EU’s current budget.
The EU has a funding problem because it would lose its second biggest contributor before the current budget is completed.
The minister suggested that the £10 billion could be used as “part of a transition deal” to allow Britain to free itself from Brussels rule in an orderly fashion.
Brexit campaigners have made it clear that Britain should pay nothing except for projects it will continue to participate in,…