BoJo Repeats Leave Bus Claim: ‘We WILL Save 350m Per Week’
In a major piece in today’s Daily Telegraph, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (pictured above) has repeated his controversial claim, posted on the side of the Vote Leave bus, that leaving the EU WILL result in a saving of 350m per week which could be used on the NHS.
The figure was widely dismissed during the referendum campaign, including by senior Leave.EU figures Arron Banks and Nigel Farage, but today Mr. Johnson has once again stood by his claim. Mr. Johnson said that the UK faced a ‘glorious’ future outside of the EU.
He said the UK should pay nothing to the EU for access to the single market and use it as an opportunity to implement lower taxes. He added that if Britain did continue its membership of the single market and customs union it would make a “complete mockery” of the referendum.
It comes ahead of Theresa May’s visit to Florence to set out the UK’s wish for a “special partnership” with the EU after Brexit.
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Sunday Times political editor Tim Shipman said the article was an attempt to “fire a warning shot” at Mrs May, six days ahead of her speech in Italy.
“He knows that his reputation is on the line – that Brexit needs to work out well, otherwise he’s going to get the blame,” Mr Shipman told BBC Radio 4’sToday programme.”
“If it wasn’t a leadership bid – they must have known it would be seen as one – and that just shows how agitated Boris is by what’s going on with the European negotiations.”
Labour MP Chuka Umunna also suggested Mr Johnson could be vying for a promotion, while Mrs May’s former advisor Will Tanner called the article a “prelude to resignation”.
But Crispin Blunt, the Conservative MP and former foreign minister, rejected that it was a leadership bid and said the position laid out by Mr Johnson was “completely consistent with the rest of the government”.
Jeremy Corbyn ,meanwhile, said Mr Johnson’s comments “laid bare the conflicts at the heart of Theresa May’s government over Brexit” and undermined the prime minister’s authority.
He said: “The foreign secretary even has the gall to dredge up the fantasy of £350 million a week extra for the NHS.
“The prime minister must spell out now how this will be paid for, or stand condemned for once again trying to mislead the British public.”
Westmonster Dave is the News Editor of Kipper Central.