Dominic Cummings is the man responsible for dreaming up the ‘£350 for the NHS’ lie [Image: BBC].

How many people were persuaded to vote ‘Leave’ in the EU referendum because they thought it would mean an extra £350 million – every week – for the National Health Service?

How many were persuaded to vote ‘Leave’ because they thought it would mean the return of sovereignty to the UK?

Both of those were lies invented by Dominic Cummings.

There was never the slightest chance of £350 million a week being devoted to the NHS because the sum, on which that figure was based, was wrong. It assumed that the UK did not receive any rebates from the EU, and also that the UK did not benefit from EU investment programmes. Not only that, but it assumed that any money repatriated to the UK from the EU would only be spent on the NHS, which would deny funding to other services.

And, of course, the UK never handed over sovereignty to the EU.

Now, it seems the arch-liar has admitted the error of his ways, saying that leaving the EU could be a mistake.

Of course, the Twitterati are already having fun at his expense:

It is good to see that even the worst of people can have a change of heart, although he still hasn’t admitted his lies. As for his comments, surely they are…

Too little, too late.

One of the masterminds behind the Brexit vote has performed an astonishing U-turn by admitting that leaving the EU may be “an error”.

Dominic Cummings, the Vote Leave campaign director, described the referendum as a “dumb idea” before other ideas had been tried to win back powers from Brussels.

He has also warned that Brexit is shaping up to be a “guaranteed debacle”, without big changes in Whitehall to deliver a successful negotiation.

Mr Cummings is little known to the public, but is widely seen as hugely influential behind the scenes in pulling off last year’s shock referendum ‘Leave’ vote.

A former special adviser to Michael Gove, he coined the phrase “vote leave, take control”, which excited wavering voters into believing Britain could reclaim sovereignty.

And, notoriously, he came with the campaign for an extra £350m to be spent on the NHS every week from diverted EU spending – which also proved crucial, MPs said.

(Source: Brexit: Vote Leave chief who created £350m NHS lie on bus admits leaving EU could be ‘an error’)

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