Boris Johnson’s continued claim that Brexit will create £350 million a week to spend on the NHS has been slammed as “a clear misuse of official statistics” by the head of the UK Statistics Authority.
Sir David Norgrove said today he was “surprised and disappointed” by the Foreign Secretary’s use of the figure.
Commenting, Chuka Umunna MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:
“Yet again Boris' outright lying has been exposed by Britain's statistics watchdog. The £350m figure was simply wrong during the referendum campaign, and it's wrong now.
“Boris' hard Brexit plans will mean less money for our NHS, not more. The IFS are forecasting a £58bn hole in the public finances as a direct result of Brexit, which will be paid for in higher taxes and lower NHS spending.
“Boris' compulsive lying means he has lost the right to be heard on Brexit. He should give his leadership ambitions a rest and apologise for his continual use of dodgy statistics.”