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24 June 2016

Watch: Brexit lies unravel as Nigel Farage calls £350m a week promise to NHS “a mistake“

Farage admitted that there was no guarantee the money will go to the NHS, but reassured viewers that £350m a week will be spent on something.

By Media Mole

Once again demonstrating the flexibility and nuance for which he is famed, Nigel Farage has called Leave’s suggestion that the £350m we will “no longer send to the EU” would be spent on the NHS a “mistake”.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain a few hours after the referendum result, the fearless rescinder of statements conceded that a Leave poster had claimed this would be the case.

But when host Susanna Reid suggested the 17 million people who voted for Leave may have partially been motivated by the prospect of a huge injection of money to an overstretched National Health Service, Farage doggedly stuck to the minutes-old line that the money would be spent on something, but not necessarily the NHS.

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He also evaded answering when asked if there are other things Leave voters may have expected which will now not come to pass.

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