During the EU referendum Vote Leave pledged to repatriate £350m it said was being sent each week to the EU [Image: BBC].

Of course the laughter that greeted Tulip Siddiq was actually intended for those members of the British public who voted ‘Leave’ in the belief that the UK even gives £350 million a week to the European Union, let alone the belief that a Conservative would ever use that money to fund the NHS instead.

Chris Grayling’s claim that the idea of giving £350 million a week to the NHS – as painted along the side of the infamous “Brexit bus” that toured the UK throughout last year’s EU referendum campaign – was merely an “aspiration” is completely false.

Boris Johnson was indeed one of the many Leave supporters who campaigned using the slogan – and never once suggested that the NHS would not receive all £350 million per week, that the UK doesn’t provide that much in any case, or that he and the other campaigners only aspired to use the money in this way.

So, on the day the UK’s unelected prime minister, Theresa May, notified the EU of this country’s intention to leave that organisation, it was entirely appropriate for Tulip Siddiq to ask whether the pledge would be honoured.

The response she received spoke volumes.

Not only was Boris Johnson “smirking” at the British public – the whole Conservative Government, Theresa May included, was laughing at us.

An MP was greeted with laughter from the Government benches after she asked when Theresa May would fulfil Boris Johnson’s Brexit pledge of £350m for the NHS—and accused the Foreign Secretary of “smirking at the British public”.

Labour’s Tulip Siddiq asked whether the Prime Minister would honour the Vote Leave campaign slogan used by prominent Brexiteers including Mr Johnson and Michael Gove, and which was plastered across the now-infamous red bus.

Cabinet minister Chris Grayling later claimed the slogan was merely an “aspiration”.

Speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions, Ms Siddiq said: “The Foreign Secretary during the EU referendum campaign urged people to, and I quote, ‘Take back control of huge sums of money, £350m a week, and spend it on our priorities such as the NHS’.

“The Prime Minister will trigger Article 50 today. Can the Prime Minister confirm precisely when she wants to fulfil the promise made by her cabinet colleague, who is sitting on the front bench smirking at the British public?”

Source: Brexit PMQs: Tory MPs laugh as they are asked about Vote Leave’s promise to spend extra £350m on NHS

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