Brexiters' sudden love for NHS is sham

Submitted by martin on 30 May, 2016 - 4:05 Author: Chris Reynolds

To give some "left cover" to its basic migrant-bashing message, "Vote Leave" is claiming that quitting the EU would boost the NHS because "£350 million a week" currently paid in EU contributions could go to the NHS instead.

But net British contributions to the EU are only about 40% of the figure which "Vote Leave" quotes.

That is less than 1% of total British government spending.

And the love for the NHS from the Tories and Ukip people who run "Vote Leave" is something we didn't hear from them before the referendum, and probably won't hear again.

The top Brexiter Tories are in the Cabinet, and could have got more for the NHS before now if they wanted. Ukip's only MP, Douglas Carswell, is on record as proposing the abolition of the NHS and its replacement by a system of vouchers with which people could buy health-care in a free market.

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