Michael Gove says the government has delivered on its pledge to give the NHS the £350 million we supposedly once paid to the European Union.
Speaking a the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, the Cabinet minister recalled the notorious pledge on the side of the Vote Leave battle bus, even though such claims have been proven to be misleading.
“Brexit has been delivered, and membership of the world’s fast growing trade block secured,” the senior minister said on the move to join the Indo-Pacific trade partnership.
Gove added: “And there is now more than £350m extra a week for our NHS … Promise made, promise delivered.”
Brexit campaigners have never been able to substantiate the claim of extra money going to the NHS – a claim they made because of the contribution the UK made to the EU for being part of the single market and customs union.
Even Nigel Farage, part if the unofficial Leave EU campaign, later said he would “never have made that [NHS] claim” and it was “one of the mistakes” the official Vote Leave team made during the referendum.