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‘£350 million a week for the NHS’ – a Leave campaign lie endorsed by Boris Johnson.

Charming.

According to Lady Justice Rafferty and Mr Justice Supperstone, Boris Johnson was well within the law to lie to us about the amount the UK sends to the EU every week, and the uses to which it cold be put instead.

They have not given a reason for this decision. That is to follow later.

Hmm.

I reckon they’ll probably say that the case was vexatious because it was politically-motivated – a plan to disrupt Brexit.

That’s what Mr Johnson’s lawyer said.

But the fact is that the case brought privately by Marcus Ball, is accurate.

Mr Johnson was both a member of Parliament and Mayor of London at the time he claimed that the UK gave £350 million a week to the European Union (it doesn’t) and that all of this money can be used to fund the NHS instead (it can’t).

In fact, the UK pays significantly less into the EU once rebates and the support this country receives back from the bloc are taken into consideration.

And the money could not be diverted solely into the NHS because it will be needed to ameliorate the adverse effects of Brexit on the economy.

That is, if any money is left. Estimates have suggested the weekly cost of Brexit is £800 million – more than twice the amount painted on the side of Mr Johnson’s silly red bus.

Mr Johnson would certainly have known that there would be a cost attached to Brexit, when he made his extravagant claim. And he would have known that the money the UK sends to the EU would have to be used to cover part of that cost.

We know that many people have said they voted ‘Leave’ because they were persuaded by the claim on the Brexit bus – and that they felt betrayed when they discovered it was false.

So it had a direct impact on public trust in the words of someone who, as Mayor and MP, was expected to conduct himself honestly.

That is exactly what Mr Ball’s lawyer said.

He has also said he’ll wait to see the judges’ reasons for throwing the case out before making his next move, but This Writer reckons an appeal is clearly on the cards.

Let’s hope we get clarity before the result of the Conservative leadership election is announced.

Source: Boris Johnson wins court challenge over £350m Brexit claims | Politics | The Guardian

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